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4.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 5 4.16 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spider Robinson Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Callahan Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781455179923
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This omnibus edition contains the trilogy of science fiction books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan and all of the regulars at Callahan’s Place.

Callahan’s Crosstime Saloonis the neighborhood tavern to all of time and space, where the regulars are anything but. These time travelers, talking dogs, alcoholic vampires, and cybernetic aliens really, truly care about each other. It’s the rare kind of place where bad puns are as appreciated as good conversation.

Time Travelers Strictly Cash is their policy, but then again everybody pays cash at Callahan’s. Lay your money on the bar, name your poison, step up to the line drawn on the barroom floor, and after drinking make a toast and throw the glass into the fireplace. It’s an odd tradition but one that’s led to some interesting stories. And don’t worry about the cost—Callahan gets his glasses at bulk discount.

Callahan’s Secret may be one that nobody—not even the regulars—would guess, or it may be as simple as listening to all those post-toast stories. After all, shared pain is lessened and shared joy is increased—a simple concept that could, after a few drinks, lead to saving the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robinson is the hottest writer to hit science fiction since Ellison, and he can match the master’s frenetic energy and emotional intensity, arm-break for gut-wrench.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “If one were ever given the task of creating Spider Robinson from scratch, the best way to do it would be to snatch James Joyce from history, force-feed him Marx Brothers films and good jazz for the better part of a decade, then turn him loose on a world badly in need of a look at itself.”

    Vancouver Sun

  • “Playful, pun-filled delights from the pen of a truly inimitable writer.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Blackstone Audio has created a combination impossible to beat in its pairing of The Callahan Chronicals and narrator Barrett Whitener…This production has the tone of a one-on-one conversation with a remarkable individual whose deep insights illuminate an even more remarkable universe and its inhabitants.”

    AudioFile

  • “Award winner Whitener does an outstanding reading. Especially noteworthy is the Irish brogue he creates for Mike Callahan, the patient, understanding barkeep who has his own secrets to share.”

    Kliatt

  • “Robinson is able to reach an emotional depth not often seen in science fiction. Each story is touching in its own way, and they often reach peaks of joy and depths of pain, all within minutes of audio…Barrett Whitener is exceptional here. He understands the material and adds just the right touch in nearly every story…A job very well done.”

    SFFAudio.com

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/19/2014

    " 3.5 stars. I loved reading the entire series one at a time, and again enjoyed this trilogy book almost as much at the first time. Can't go wrong with the Callahan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/19/2014

    " I have never read a collection of science fiction stories that had so little to do with science fiction. Despite that fact, or perhaps because of it, they were some of the stories that I will treasure carrying around with me for the rest of my life. Not only that, but I'll spend the rest of my life looking for a place like Callahan's. Time traveling bartender optional... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/8/2013

    " OK - finished this last night save the epilogue. This was a great book, almost like the TV show Cheers meets science fiction. A bar where everyone is supportive, and no problem is too big or too... well... out of this world. If we had places like Callahan's Place, the world might be a little bit happier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 11/24/2013

    " I think this is my third time reading this book. It's an enjoyable read and has a tendency to cheer me up, but it can be too sappy at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DaughterDaDa | 11/24/2013

    " Amusing stories with lots of puns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Nemo | 11/20/2013

    " An outstanding collection containing the first 3 books. Everyone wants to go to this bar! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Ennis | 10/6/2013

    " I'd gone and rated each book on this trilogy individually already but The Callahan Chronicles deserves a separate rating due to it being the book that I give out to more people than any other! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 colleen | 7/24/2013

    " read 01.16.06 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Fargo | 6/26/2013

    " I will forever be thankful to my friend Cat for loaning me this fantastic book. It has reawakened my love of bad puns and intelligent conversation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/23/2013

    " Callahan's Secret pulled the review down to a 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 QuoththeRaven | 6/3/2013

    " This is one I have to pick up and re-read every few years. One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Shively | 2/11/2013

    " can't say how many times I have read this "series". sometimes I just need a return to callahan's for a recharge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 8/31/2012

    " Spider Robinson is a great punster. His books are a fun to read. He has great characters and lots and lots of puns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoshana | 11/14/2011

    " I was told to read this because there were puns. It turned out there were also lovable characters, time travel mind-benders, and a brief but awesome Princess Bride tribute. Oh, and an appendix involving very early web fanfic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B Delacruz | 2/1/2011

    " Being in job limbo, I have been gravitating toward comfort reading, and Spider Robinson's CALLAHANS stories fit the bill. Just a few weeks ago, I was recalling his adage, "Shared pain is diminished. Shared joy is increased." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 11/25/2010

    " I have a copy of this that Spider very graciously inscribed for me at Darkover XX (it is one of my most treasured possessions, fully as much for the content as the inscription!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 5/31/2009

    " I think this is my third time reading this book. It's an enjoyable read and has a tendency to cheer me up, but it can be too sappy at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 5/14/2009

    " Clever, feel-good SciFi short stories with an overall story arc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DaughterDaDa | 10/8/2008

    " Amusing stories with lots of puns. "

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About the Author
Author Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson, winner of three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award, is renowned for his Callahan’s Place series of bestselling novels. With his wife, Jeanne, he also wrote the award-winning Stardance series.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and seven Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.