I read this series back in its first published hardcovers, so I look at this book with a judgmental eye - Is it a worthy listen, and its subsequent writings? Here's my take on this audiobook.
This is outstanding scifi, to the point. It reminds me of "The Mote In God's Eye," in its depth, solid character backstories and various perspectives. As in the mentioned comparison, this is complex storytelling that makes you consider as you listen. Each character has purpose and propels the story along, often in unexpected ways. This is THOUGHTFUL scifi, with tremendous respect for the reader's/listener's time, intellect, and maturity. If you want pulp scifi, go listen to Heinlein - This one's for those hungry for a story with meat on its bones, one that makes you want more. One that makes you want to listen to it again, in case you missed something important, and that's quite possible, with this fantastic scifi audiobook.
What's it all about, you ask? Again, Audible listener, I give only hints in reviews, neither plots nor spoilers here. Here's a taste of what your hear...
Knights Templar traveling across the galaxy in living trees. A undying priest carries
a nightmarish secret from an abandoned zombie-like congregation, a woman becomes younger each day, and races to beat the clock, literally. A virtual reality-trained military leader seeks the love of a woman haunting him in his computer-driven landscape. A drunken writer seeks the final and ultimate story. A spacefaring horde, soon to arrive in the known space of man, to conquer and enslave the billions that fear their arrival. And of course, they all seek the Shrike, a man-shaped judge and jury covered in blades, riding the currents of the time tombs, bringing death to most, and life to some.
And that just scratches the surface.
These various stories and their perspectives come together to create a great tale, and you'll definitely want more.
The narration team does a good job to bring this audiobook to life - If you read my other reviews, you know I'm BRUTAL on narrators. The can make or break the author's work. So, "good" is high praise coming from me.
All in all, this is an audiobook that you'll like.
So the Shrike awaits. Enter the Time Tombs, Audible listener, and be judged!
I truly enjoy originality, new concepts, and game changer stories, especially EPIC ones. The Saga Of The Seven Suns is SO original, that you may find yourself listening to it a few times to catch everything. I know I did. Now, that's not to say that the story is hard to follow - Quite the opposite. It's just that the story has such richness of the different civilizations, politics, religions, sciences and races, you'll want to revisit it a couple of times. There are wonderful machiavellian plots and subplots that are a wonderful change in pace from the typical scifi romp.
This first audiobook in the series lays groundwork, but in a very enjoyable way. I consider the sign of a great storyline, is one you won't mind hearing. This is such an audiobook.
This doesn't take place on one world, or one solar system - This reaches literally across the stars, and Anderson provides a well-rounded initial book in this series. I loved this series so much, that I have ALL of the audiobooks therein, and THAT my fellow Audible listener, is the VERY BEST proof that this is a MUST READ series. Enjoy!
I read this novel many, many years ago, and have anticipated its audiobook arrival for a long time.
Imagine a future where only one single possible means of time travel has been discovered, and to only the prehistoric era of this planet. Imagine traveling millions of years back in time, only to discover a growing alien medieval culture, deposited lovingly there by a dying mother-ship. Imagine crystal armored knights fighting and jousting, with psi powers driven by the torcs around their necks, and those same torcs holding both a slave cast and ruling hierarchy firmly in place. Imagine dinosaurs, aliens, humans, and a story of daring rebellion, political intrigue, and machiavellian plot twists.
Epic, to say the very least.
Now, get a lesser narrator to put a voice to the words.
From epic to epic fail.
I regret to say that this narrator was inappropriate for this work. Not bad, but definitely not into the work, as so many other men and women who are FAR more capable to the task would have turned the author's work into audio gold.
Now, I still recommend this listen, but I do so with regret, that a better narrator could have better introduced you to a fantastic series of books that have easily stood the test of time.
You will enjoy this audiobook. Julian May is, in a word, ASTOUNDING. Don't let the narrator put you off on this one.