Deathworld


Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

(4.6 stars; 1340 reviews)

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 and originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine. It’s the story of Jason dinAlt a professional gambler with psionic skills who finds himself on Pyrrus the deadliest planet to be colonized by humanity. Violent weather, active tectonics, heavy gravity, abundant predators, and a hostile splinter group of colonists is only the beginning of Jason’s quest to learn the truth about Pyrrus. (Summary by Gregg Margarite) (5 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Chapter I 9:25 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter II 13:12 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter III 9:30 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter IV 13:58 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter V 13:06 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter VI 16:01 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter VII 6:45 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter VIII 8:10 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter IX 20:32 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter X 7:23 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XI 5:36 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XII 12:28 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XIII 8:10 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XIV 14:40 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XV 8:51 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XVI 12:53 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XVII 16:33 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XVIII 4:07 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XIX 5:36 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XX 10:20 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXI 10:43 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXII 16:36 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXIII 11:48 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXIV 17:19 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXV 8:17 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXVI 11:41 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXVII 18:00 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Chapter XXVIII 11:25 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

Reviews

Highly recommended story and reading

(5 stars)

One of my favorite Harrison stories (I prefer Jason to Jim). Deathworld is a wonderful example of pulpy (even campy) sci-if at its best. The dialog is witty and a bit snarky. The action is fast and furious. The story moves along like a roller coaster. This isn't trying to be a grandiose Asimov or Bradbury story. People who review it against sci-if of that nature are completely missing the point. Chill out and enjoy a fun romp on a world that's out to kill you. Also, the narrator is very interesting. At first he seemed a bit stilted, not unlike a reading by James T Kirk. But after a chapter I got into his cadence. He did a great job reading the sarcastic lines of Jason. I've actually listened to several books he has read now and his delivery has really grown on me. I would have liked to have heard the late Mr. Margarite's take on Harrison's Slippery Jim character.

Like a movie

(5 stars)

This amazing story is truly brought to life by the narrator. An amazing and descriptive yet not overly described journey through man's obsessions with war and conquest. The creatures are brought to life in an inventive way that let's you decide what they really look like. a solid 5 out of 5.

fantastically surprising

(5 stars)

absolutely great book, I wasn't sure at the beginning, but there is plenty of action to keep you interested from start to end. there are plenty of twists that keep you guessing and the author does a great job really painting a picture for the reader. the narrator does a superb job reading the book with a perfect tone and enthusiasm to match the book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK

Excellent

(5 stars)

Great story, action packed and gritty with an incredible amount of intrigue. On top of all that it's read by my favorite reader on LibriVox; Gregg Margarite. He's got excellent pacing and a very clear and gripping voice. We love you Gregg, RIP.

(5 stars)

Harry Harrison’s stories are all very different, but you can always count on one thing: having a main character who is relatable and lovable, even through their flaws. This particular story is what really hooked me to his writing. Jason DinAlt is the person we want to be with, want to be, and yet we can’t imagine being in his shoes. Deathworld, despite its name, leaves us with a sense of longing and hope for adventure and the continuation of the human spirit.

Good descriptive

(5 stars)

story line throughout in fact I would have to say this book has been great to listen. The Author has a fascinating imagination bearing in mind this was written in the early 60s and it's so modern with today's sci-fis as someone who has said a Avatar type, approach. The Narrator Excellent, would not have worked so well with someone else. Thank you. 😁😁😁😁😁

men v planet wildlife n natives

(4 stars)

Quite enjoyed this tale of a terrible planet where everything is apparently out to kill you. The ex gambler hero suffers a few changes of fortune and uncovers the history behind the mystery of the ferocious alien wildlife. Gets girl , peace reigns etc...Corny but fairly interesting journey. Well narrated by Greg as always.

End of a

(5 stars)

good read , a good story, the Author certainly has a mind for adventure and intrigue, shame it’s come to an end but now I’m looking for something similar and with the same competent reader and yes he did read this book very well. Thank You Librovox for having this story on your channel.