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It's more than 20 years since Spider Robinson revealed the existence of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, and the original bar is gone. Mike Callahan is gone, too, but his spirit lives on in the new bar, named Mary's Place for his daughter. On this particular day, nothing seems to be going right for Jake Stonebender, proprietor of Mary's Place. First a huge storm rips the roof off the bar, and moments later, drops another, better roof on it. Then, Mary Callahan and her husband show up, unconscious, literally out of nowhere, and they bring bad news to the barfolk: a nasty three-eyed, three-toed, three-everythinged purple monster is going to descend upon them within mere hours. Through laughter and tears, with puns powerful enough to melt Formica, the most famous bar in all spacetime is going to rock this night. But will the Earth survive?
©1996 Spider Robinson; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

  • Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2007

"What Robinson's many fans look for above all is humor, wordplay, and a complicated web of allusions to favorite rock lyrics, classic SF stories and previous Callahan tales. They get plenty of each here and should feel right at home, again." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • melody333
  • 25 06 2006

What Fun!

Although Barrett Whitener is excellent as narrator of the other books in this series, it was really enjoyable to hear the author narrate one of his own book. To hear some of the voices, songs, and puns as the originator had envisioned them added another dimension to all the books. Recommend the whole series: Callahan's Chronicle (1st three books), Callahan's Legacy (4th), Callahan's Keys (5th) and Callahan's Con (6th).

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  • trena
  • 20 04 2006

Supended disappointment

When I first found Callahan's series here on Audible, I fell in love with the series like so many other fans out there. But unlike those that first read the stories in the pages of Analog, I heard them vocalized by Brett Whitener.

Now I don't know about you, but on the few things that annoys me more than anything about audiobooks is when for whatever reason they can't, don't, or won't keep the same talent from book to book.

So when I plugged the new Callahan book into my iPod and started listening I was shocked because it wasn't Brett Whitener. In my haste to grab and listen I just didn't look to see who read this title. The voice was pleasant and seemed to have an intimate knowledge of the work -- which always helps -- and so I decided to listen to the whole thing before passing judgement.

Little things started to stand out. Like the special emphasis placed on "THE MACHINE" or the way the reader paused before delivering the final blow of a particularly horrid pun.

As for the story, the science content was thick in places but not so thick that a sci-fi nut would need a PhD to understand. The characters are witty, finely tuned, and well up to the task of taking from the tragic sacriface of the original tavern through the events that destroyed Mary's Place.

It was in the final moments of the title when Spider himself is speaking the credits does he identify himself, and what a gestalt that was. The creator himself was for whom Brett Whitener stepped aside. Thank you Audible, and thank you Spider. It isn't often that an author can pull off the reading of their own title as you have.

If you enjoy Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, you'll enjoy this, but do yourself a favor and read the titles in cronological order. He's not kidding when he says it takes three books to explain the history of Mike Callahan and his former bar, lucky for us those three books are available in an omnibus edition here on Audible.

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  • Slothflyer
  • 04 02 2012

good stuff

You can't go wrong with Spider Robinson's Callahan Series. This one is especially good. It is sort of a Canterbury Tales of Callahan's. I have to warn the listener, it is definitely R rated due to sexual content.

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  • David H. Ingram
  • 17 04 2012

Callahans is a true classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Funny and good action. He comes up with some wild humor/sci-fi stories. There's always a twist.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably a tossup between Jake (the narrator), The Lucky Duck (who can toss three coins and have them all land On Edge (and On Top Of Each Othe))r, and Doc, who comes up with the best jokes and puns.

Have you listened to any of Spider Robinson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

All the Callahan's stories are great. I think that's all that's available audible. Didn't like the Lady's books were as good, and I've read a few of his other stories that were stinkers

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh a lot (that what it was written for). Major character death's made me very sad. I didn't cry much, but I rarely cry at a book.This one was written for humor anyway.

Any additional comments?

Not really, except if you like the first one, the quality is consistent and you'll probably like 'em all.

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  • Oregon Yarn Addict
  • 30 03 2010

Hysterically funny

There are so many puns, palindromes and lyrics I could hardly keep up! I would love to visit Mary's Place and have a round or two with the client?le. Don't start this in the evening if you have to get up the next morning - you won't want to stop until the end! I can't wait to listen to it again and may end up buying a print copy.

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  • Walter
  • 16 06 2017


wonderfully witty, Funny, Sad, Mad, glad. Friends, enemy, family. life love loss compassion humiliation Peace

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  • Andrew
  • 09 06 2016

Mary's place

I really loved it even though I think chronicals is the better book. Everyone should listen.

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  • Robert Waycaster
  • 09 04 2015

One of my favorite!!

I wish Spider Robinson did more narration of his series, there's just that added something extra hearing a book in the authors own voice.

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  • Michael
  • 01 02 2007

Liked it alot

I really liked the story, and I didn't realize until now that it was the author who read it. I realized this as I was checking out a new Heinlein book that has just been released. The only problem I had with the reader is that he didn't use an Irish accent for Calahan. Calahan only had a few sentences in the book but there was no Irish accent. As far as the rest of it goes it was perfect. Fast Eddy's story was a bit disturbing but I could handle it. Well done

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  • robert
  • 24 08 2006

OK but takes some getting used to Spider Reading

I like the story well enough but for me Spider Robinson is not experienced enough to read his books. The tempo of the reading was too rapid for me, though once I got accustom to the reading pace it was not awful. But I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the author. Well worth the credit.

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