A Beautiful Friendship : Star Kingdom

  • by David Weber
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • Series: Star Kingdom
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- M. J. Cocks

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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- Vanessa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios