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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:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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