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
one of the little aliens
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Good but careful
Be careful, the book (and for the most part, the series) is good. But the ending to the series is pretty darn disappointing.
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.
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