Summary

Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!
Yet Stephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries, and the biggest one of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species. The forest-dwelling treecats are small, cute, smart, and have a pronounced taste for celery. And they are also very, very deadly when they or their friends are threatened - as Stephanie discovers when she comes face-to-face with Sphinx's most lethal predator after a hang-gliding accident.
But her discoveries are only beginning, for the treecats are also telepathic and able to bond with certain humans, and Stephanie's find - and her first-of-its kind bond with the treecat Climbs Quickly - land both of them in a fresh torrent of danger. Galactic-sized wealth is at stake, and Stephanie and the treecats are squarely in the path of highly placed enemies determined to make sure the planet Sphinx remains entirely in human hands, even if that means the extermination of another thinking species.
Unfortunately for those enemies, the treecats have saved Stephanie Harrington's life. She owes them - and Stephanie is a young woman who stands by her friends. Which means things are about to get very interesting on Sphinx.
©2011 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By M. J. Cocks on 08-10-13

Hexapod..from the Greek hexapoda meaning six-foot

If you could sum up A Beautiful Friendship in three words, what would they be?

three word sum up? intelligent cat-alien story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found myself getting angry along with the main character at one point (which since I was out walking at the time meant I got some concerned looks but still. Never mind) when faced with a person who couldn't grasp the diference between pet and an intelligent creature.

Any additional comments?

David Weber appears to have a slight fixation on 6 limbed aliens based on reading this and the 4 book saga that starts with March up country (Prince Rodger books).That aside I really liked this book. It's not full of complicated scientific turms and ideas (or the sci-fi equivalent) so it's more accessible to people of a wider age range.The characters, both human and tree-cats, are well written and the places where the story takes you are easy to imagine. I think if you like animals and the struggle to overcome other peoples backward thinking in a story then this may just be the one for you. I'm certainly looking forward to listening to the second one!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vanessa on 09-02-17

It's always good to know the back story

Would you listen to A Beautiful Friendship again? Why?

Yes because I love being so wrapped up in the story that you feel that you are on the inside watching it as it happens.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Stephanie - the pure determination and intelligence of this girl is amazing plus I feel she has a good relationship with her parents - could do with a few friends mind you lol

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

It was very good and the voices almost matched how I imagined them in my head

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but work and sleep kept getting in the way ....plus I wanted it to last for as long as I could.

Any additional comments?

I will be getting the other in the series. I feel this could be my new obsession

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5 out of 5 stars
By brendanstallard on 19-04-12

Wow, Weber hits the target.

I love strong female characters, and I've been in and out of the Honor Harrington books for ages. They are good, but I've always been left a bit ho-hum.

Something drew me towards this one, as I've always been interested in the back story of the tree-cats joining with the humans outlined in honor harrington, but without exposition.

This tale is as powerful and as emotive as, "The Host," by Stephenie Merry. Another story that shook me to my roots.

The beauty of the relationship between the tree-cat and the two leg, balanced against the risks of surviving on such a dangerous fantasy science-fiction world is a thrilling, wonderful ride. I listen a lot when I'm walking for exercise, one day I was so engrossed I did two extra (1 mile) laps:)

Khristine Hvam doesn't get in the way of the narrative, and just tells the story. As a result, the listener is focused on the drama, not the voice. In my book, that's a perfect reading. Nice Job.

I really love this book, I cannot wait till book two is released in late 2012.


brendan

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joyce on 19-10-11

First Weber novel...WONT be the last!!!!

I originally purchased a hard back copy of this for my 11 year old daughter...knowing her taste in writers I knew it would be a good fit...I purchased it on audio so once she was done reading it she could listen to it--she enjoys re playing books-- I usually pre read or read books along with her so I know what she is reading and we talk about characters--I was not prepared to enjoy this book on the scale that I do...about 1/2 way thru I began resarching the author and currently have 2 of his Honor series in my wish list--now I am eagerly awaiting credit time! Highly recommended for kids and mom's too (thinking dad's might like it as well)

I think it only fair to share the one negative--there are some awkward pauses in the recording (editing I believe) that are long enough that I checked to make sure I had not drained my battery...it is not terrible by any means...that is why the performance received only 4 stars..

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