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John

Avid SF reader/listener who writes code for a living, and writes prose for fun. Single, with 2 cats & a bad Wheel of Time habit.

Brookfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "Intriguing and leaving you wanting for more..."
    "High Science Fiction - not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    Charles Sheffield believed in hard science and even harder science fiction. All of his stories are built on extrapolations from present day science to some future filled with incredible technological magic. Summertide is no different. The story itself will appeal only to those who enjoy technological fantasies, and if you are someone like that, then the mediocre performance of the reader will not trouble you. For all the rest, no matter who performed the work, you would find it wanting.
    As for me, I strongly recommend it. When I have the time and the credit, I intend to get all four of these novels on CD (through Audible, of course).

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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