What could be more commonplace than grass or a world covered over all its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets - and nothing will ever be the same again.
©1989 Sheri S. Tepper. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
The story is dramatic and literary, thrilling and unique. The narrator, Dina Pearlman, added volumes of emotional meaning to Sheri S. Tepper's words.
This book is science fiction at its best - full of ideas, adventure and speculative entertainment. It was difficult to stop listening when I needed to quit. I definitely will read more by this author.
NO - it's a wonderful story but the reader is a terrible choice.
There are layers of themes, masterfully interwoven by the author.
The narration was totally flat.
I have been waiting years for one of Sheri Tepper's books to be on audio. So sad this was the first attempt, but hope for better going forward. All of the author's works are challenging, thought provoking and inspirational - very much worthy of better than this performance.
Grass, Raising the Stones, and Sideshow comprise the Arbai trilogy. Grass is an excellent example of Ms. Tepper's incredible ability to create worlds and "take you away." Can't wait for The Companions, Family Tree, The Margarets, and so many more! She is one of my absolute favorite authors.
I enjoyed the story and the narration immensely. The plot was unique and different. The story was well developed with interesting characters, action and descriptions of places and situations. The ending was satisfying. The narrator was a great fit for the story and characters. I have been listening to audible books for years now and this narrator is in the top group of ones I have enjoyed the most.
Grass is one, like Shardik, that I have always looked forward to, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed. It is often mentioned in conjunction with Dune and I can see why on the one hand as it involves a world and its ecology/environment. On the other hand, I don't think it is as successful at it as Dune was, nor did I find it as well written. The creatures are the central aspect around which the world revolves, and for me they were the most interesting element, but there were also troublesome issues concerning them. I would much rather have had their aspects delved into even more and re-thought a bit. They lacked something essential. I think where things really started to go wrong for me, was when the intelligence of the creatures was dealt with, but more so when I felt things devolved into a Hollywood style monster attack and shoot 'em up. I love the way the novel started, and many aspects within it, and I see the author had higher intentions, but I pick up quickly on what I consider bad writing habits and there seemed to me to be increasingly more as I went along. Just not for me I guess. Also let down when at end I felt cheated, and have since discovered it is part 1 of a trilogy-- a trilogy that I don't feel compelled to follow. Makes me want to revisit Dune for the 4th time.
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