Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.3 stars; 577 reviews)

Naudsonce? What does THAT mean? Well, to find out you will need to listen to this story where Piper's unique mind explores what we mean by 'communication' and how it happens. The joint Space Navy-Colonial Office expedition was looking for new planets suitable for colonization; they had been out, now, for four years, which was close to maximum for an exploring expedition. They had entered eleven systems, and made landings on eight planets. Three had been reasonably close to Terra-type but were all disqualified by terrible animals or warlike inhabitants. Now, finally here was an ideal world; their last chance before returning in disgrace. Now the only thing was to get an agreement from the local king or whatever to the colonization. Easy, right? Well first, you've got to talk to them ...... and there the trouble starts. Listen to this captivating story by H. Beam Piper published in Analog Science Fact—Science Fiction, January 1962. (1 hr 55 min)


1 - Part 1 21:54 Read by Phil Chenevert
2 - Part 2 26:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
3 - Part 3 23:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
4 - Part 4 20:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
5 - Part 5 23:50 Read by Phil Chenevert


Neat story

(5 stars)

I get a big kick out of the concept that a simple machine can hypnotize people so much that the chief gets angry because no work is getting done! :-) Sound like a cryptic comment? It is, because I don't want to spoil the story. It is very interesting, and the reader did an excellent job as well. Enjoy!

Very enjoyable

(5 stars)

This was a fun story to listen to. Phil than you for your great reading

Great story

(4 stars)

One of my favourites. As we neurodivergents say "All behaviour is communication" I love the sound of Phil's voice but his intonation is often wrong. Once I got used to it, it didn't spoil his readings. He's now a favourite ☺️ I hope everyone realises that hearing occurs in the brain, not the ears.....they're just receptacles for collecting sound.....sound is caused by its movement through the air/water. For instance, deep sea inhabitants often just feel sound.

Peter Griffin would have waited thru whole movie

(4 stars)

To hear someone say the title that is. Anyway; Loved it. Was a bit disheartened when telepathy was deduced away [by-the-by, where'd that concept (telepathy)come from if it's never been proved/seen?] Couldn't give 5 stars because the end felt like the middle, and the story was just beginning. Also, I thought Jabbowocky was hardly appropriate for a 1st contact colloquy; yet it did spice up that part a bit.

(5 stars)

Without giving the story away, I must say that this put forth an interesting and probably unique concept. I think the author was very imaginative. I must admit that I was quite fooled, but I enjoyed the "aha" moment when the answer was revealed. I felt that the reader did an excellent job with the material. I would recommend it.


(4 stars)

Decent story and reading. Not sure why Piper made the story so short. Good example of the difficulties that would happen between divergent species. I wish Piper would have continued the speculative story concerning the ethics of holding the pleasant sound back from the natives.

Entertaining short story.

(4.5 stars)

An entertaining, fun short story in the H B Piper fashion, classic sci-fi. Phil Chenevert does an excellent job reading as usual. He's one of the best readers at LibriVox. If you like classic Sci-fi shorts, I would recommend this story.

hilarious and well read

(5 stars)

I wish there were more scifi stories like this. it dwells less on futuristic technology and more on human interest. well read by Phil Cheneveret. I think any story he reads sounds humorous because of his particular cadence.