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Summertide Audiobook

Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who studied artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that she might find the Builders themselves. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers - if they were hiding on Quake, he would find them.

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.

©1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997 Charles Sheffield; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Cecila LA PLATA, MD, United States 07-31-12
    Cecila LA PLATA, MD, United States 07-31-12
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    "Good to listen to"
    If you could sum up Summertide in three words, what would they be?

    interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    one of the little aliens


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    it was hard toget into, the first 2 CD' were all history and technical info that was later needed in the book. Once past this the book got very good.

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    Chuck Georgia 03-03-10
    Chuck Georgia 03-03-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Strong beginning to the Heritage Universe"

    Hard science fiction with very few frills. Direct and to the point with very good narration. Introduces the Heritage series, answers a couple of questions but poses more. I really enjoy this type of science fiction and will listen the the next 3 books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Austin, TX, USA 02-26-04
    Don Austin, TX, USA 02-26-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story and Good Reader"

    As a sci-fi fan of many years I found this book to be very enjoyable, easy to follow in the audio format, and an excellent story. I plan to get all four in the series.

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    Chickaree 08-14-03
    Chickaree 08-14-03
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    "Summertide"

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Very well read. Hope the sequels will soon be available through audible. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but this is very well done.

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    Kelly Howard Oregon 08-08-15
    Kelly Howard Oregon 08-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "deadliest dull reader of all time"

    I've had this book for about 2 years. In that time, i have tried I dunno how many times to listen to it. I can't, I just can't; the reader is so deadly dull, so completely monotonous, lacking in inflection, lacking change of voice or pacing or character or anything whatsoever that if you showed his performance on a graph, it would look like this:

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    I have no idea what the book is like so i gave it a mid-grade, figuring that won't really help or hurt it. Wish I could give the performance negative stars. Geoffrey could be reading a phone book, and it wouldn't sound much different. No, that's not true, the phone book would be more interesting, probably; at least there'd be the change from numbers to words & back. Bore-you-to-tears dull. Bore-you-to-death dull. But not, oddly, bore-you-(or at least em)-to-sleep dull; he's so boring that I can't even use the book as a way to distract me from the roiling stresses of life & lull me to sleep. It's so impossible to keep my focus on the book that the real world keeps slithering back into my conscious.
    Oh, how I wish I'd returned this dog.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William D. Wood Conifer, CO 07-29-15
    William D. Wood Conifer, CO 07-29-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Not that word again!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If I had to listen to the word summertide again, I was going to scream. It was played up as some secret, but, everyone knew about it and it wasn't something that they were playing it up for.


    Has Summertide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It was everything I could do to finish the book. I finally ran out of new books that I was listening to, still had a long trip to finish, and decided to try and finish this one. ugh....No way would I go after another book in this series. I shutter at the possibility of Wintertide.


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    C. Yost 04-07-15
    C. Yost 04-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Warning: End to the series is disappointing"
    If you could sum up Summertide in three words, what would they be?

    Good but careful


    Any additional comments?

    Be careful, the book (and for the most part, the series) is good. But the ending to the series is pretty darn disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roman 04-05-13
    Roman 04-05-13
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    "Great SF book"

    I read just this book of the series, and want to join other that gave 5* rating. Like it, both the plot and the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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