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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,765 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Harrison Narrator: Jim Roberts Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Harry Harrison is best known for his Stainless Steel Rat stories and the novel Make Room! Make Room! which was adapted for film as Soylent Green. Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960. In it professional gambler Jason Dinalt who has psionic ability is hired to win a great deal of money for a mysterious and very imposing stranger. When he breaks the bank their expertly timed escape gets them off-world just in time. The gambler learns he has helped the dwellers of Pyruss otherwise known as Deathworld - a planet that appears to be fighting and trying to destroy its inhabitants. Intrigued he determines to see this world and learn its secrets. He discovers that there are colonists who live outside the embattled city who are not under constant and ever evolving attack from the planet.

Jason's efforts to help the city dwellers and re-unite the two planetary groups before they are all destroyed makes for a gripping listen.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dejah_thoris | 2/8/2014

    " Yesterday's quick read while waiting for my car to be fixed. Classic SF at its finest, full of BEMs and warring planetary tribes from the author of the Stainless Steel Rat series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Hall | 2/5/2014

    " Light, fast, entertaining, and full of action. The supermen of Deathworld are doomed to eventual defeat in the war against the natural inhabitants of their world. Jason Din Alt, gambler and bored adventure seeker, becomes convinced that he can solve the mystery of how the violence started and end it despite the colonists' unwillingness and disbelief that the war can be ended. Deathworld reads like typical over the top pulp science fiction, yet actually has a deeper meaning than mere entertainment and thrills from the violent danger that gives the planet it's name. Reading between the lines there is some subtle yet very pointed commentary about indoctrination and how it can negatively influence cultural responsibility and maturity if taken to an extreme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Cain | 1/24/2014

    " Fun sci-fi novella from 1960. Harrison creates an unusual planet and then an interesting scenario about how the human colonists (with help from an off-world gambler who is the hero of our story) develop a solution to their ecological problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/14/2014

    " Cheesy sci-fi noir fun, with a Moral, but don't let that stop you. Reliable reports indicate that the two sequels are not as good. I might read them anyway because completist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anatoly | 1/7/2014

    " This has been the book that's opened a world of science fiction for me. As well as the world of fiction literature at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 1/5/2014

    " Fantastic book, has been around 20 years since I last read it. It is short and quick but not a book you easily put down once started. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Francis | 12/13/2013

    " Old fashioned space opera/serial. Today's installment "Only one man can save a dying planet". Pure sixties SF. Not bad for it's day but hasn't aged well, IM0. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikola Tasev | 12/1/2013

    " Fun to read, has an interesting setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 11/23/2013

    " A very interesting setting, the characters are cookie cuttered together, some of the dialogue is very dynamic but most of it is unmemorable. the main character starts the story off very self motivated, and by the end the author would like us to believe he is selfless... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Randall | 11/12/2013

    " Quite an enjoyable story, but where it's going is the important thing. I have the second one ready to run and will do so in due course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Taylor | 9/10/2013

    " Another retro-read, Space Nazis vs Psionically active attack plants. ow can you go wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Harrison | 9/8/2013

    " One of my favorite classic scifi books. Interesting characters saving the world in epic style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 9/4/2013

    " Overall an entertaining book. The characters were interesting and the story was engaging. I will most likely read the second and third books in the series. I would consider this one of the hidden gems from Project Gutenberg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsociety | 7/21/2013

    " This is where Avatar got its planet from "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 7/16/2013

    " Yup, just another indulgence on my part into unrealistic sci-fi fantasy. The author has very good use of language and great way of setting up the climax. But like most stories of this kind, the science is sketchy and the ending seems a bit rushed and too neatly wrapped up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/29/2013

    " Excellent series - good read - "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin | 4/20/2013

    " Not bad for what it is, but not my kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/12/2012

    " Not a great book. Read it on my stanza app in my ipod. Easy read, simple story. 1960 vision of space. Mainly read it because I wanted to read one of Harry Harrison's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Moote | 2/4/2012

    " Overall: A quick, interesting and thought-provoking science fiction story. I would recommend it for the space-nerdy comic book types. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 9/27/2011

    " I was hoping for something with more "bite" but the prose was good and breezy. "

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About the Author
Author Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison (1925-2012) was drafted into the Army after finishing school and served in World War II, where he learned both to shoot guns and repair analogue computers. Leaving the Army at the end of the war, Harrison teamed up with Wally Wood and produced professional comic book art. When the comic book boom came to an end, Harrison moved from drawing to writing. In 1957 his story, “The Stainless Steel Rat” was published in Astounding, and introduced a character which would stay with him (and readers) for the next forty-odd years. In 1975 Harrison had his first brush with Hollywood when his novel, Make Room! Make Room! was used for the basis of Soylent Green. His novels have also been successfully adapted for other media: radio plays and readings, a board game, at least one computer game, and, taking us full-circle, comic books, most notably 2000AD’s adaptations of the Stainless Steel Rat books.

In a career spanning sixty years, Harrison produced more than a hundred short stories, edited over thirty anthologies, and published more than sixty novels.

About the Narrator

Jim Roberts is a published author, illustrator, and a narrator of children’s books.