Book Genre:Science Fiction, Short Stories, Audio Book
Released: 11/1/2006 by Blackstone Audiobooks
Pages: 304 Price:$22.99 Audio
Source: I borrowed this audio book from my library
When a tremendous spacecraft took orbit around Earth’s moon and began sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracted many, and a few grew conspicuously rich from secrets they learned from talking to the aliens. One of these men, Rick Schumann, established a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he named the Draco Tavern. From the mind of best-selling author Larry Niven come twenty-seven tales and vignettes from this interplanetary gathering place, collected for the first time in one volume. Join Rick and his staff as they chronicle the seemingly infinite alien species that spend a few moments pondering life and all its questions within the Draco Tavern.
I have been in a science fiction and science fact mood audio book wise lately. Mainly because I’m not in the mood for sex scenes and I feel like with the NF ones if I don’t pay attention for a chapter it isn’t the end of the world. This one was quite good and I would like to now try the Ringworld series by him.
This book was a series of short stories set in the same location and were chronological I believe so the world built with each chapter. The interactions with all the aliens were quite fun and intriguing. With aliens it is always such fun to imagine different species that have evolved different from ourselves. The stories in this book had a very Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy feel, but just a tad more serious or rather less wacky. I loved the idea of a bar on Earth where races from all over the galaxy come to interact. Imagine what kind of thing you would see, learn and experience.
The narrator was well-selected and had a pleasing voice that fit the main character. Each chapter was a stand alone story but they all blended nicely. It was a great listen and if you are looking for a science fiction audio book that’s not part of a series and only about 6 hours long this one is a good pick.
My Rating: 4 Stars