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  • Spherical Harmonic: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan, Catherine Asaro
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    (81)
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    (39)
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    (38)

    Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers of the Skolian Empire.

    Mary Coder says: "I give up"
    "Not my favorite Skolian Empire book"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Catherine Asaro before, how does this one compare?

    I have read almost all of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire books - almost all of which I have greatly enjoyed. This book however, in my mind, goes a little over the edge in the physics/math nerdery. The discussion about spherical harmonics goes on and on. That being said, Dyhianna is meant to be insanely gifted in mathematics so maybe I should have expected the book to correspond with her personality. If you are really into physics/math (PhD or the like) you may really enjoy this book. If you didn't get any further than a few semesters of each in college its probably a bit much.

    I also did not find the story as compelling as the others. Parts of the book seem drawn out and a bit boring. I also felt that the romance fell flat - perhaps because I could not forget the fact that her husband is also her nephew... ick!


    What didn’t you like about Liza Kaplan and Catherine Asaro ’s performance?

    Another concern I had about this book is the narrator. I see it essentially as a casting mistake. The narrator has a great voice, but it is a bit girlish and in my mind much more fitting for a youth novel rather than as a the voice of a 120+ year old woman who looks like she is in her 40s. Additionally, she doesn't pronounce terms the same way Anna Fields pronounced them which I found annoying (e.g., "Saus" was pronounced "Soe-z" rather than "Saw-z"). I'm sure she'd do great in other books, but I don't think she is the best fit for this one.


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