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The Last Legends of Earth: A Radix Tetrad Novel | [A. A. Attanasio]

The Last Legends of Earth: A Radix Tetrad Novel

Seven billion years from now, long after the Sun has died and human life itself has become extinct, alien beings reincarnate humanity from our fossilized DNA drifting as debris in the void of deep space. We are reborn to serve as bait in a battle to the death between the Rimstalker, humankind's reanimator, and the zotl, horrific creatures who feed vampire-like on the suffering of intelligent lifeforms.
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Publisher's Summary

Seven billion years from now, long after the Sun has died and human life itself has become extinct, alien beings reincarnate humanity from our fossilized DNA drifting as debris in the void of deep space. We are reborn to serve as bait in a battle to the death between the Rimstalker, humankind's reanimator, and the zotl, horrific creatures who feed vampire-like on the suffering of intelligent lifeforms.

Set in the artificial planetary system of Chalco-Doror, which is no more and no less than a vast cosmic machine, The Last Legends of Earth is a love story, a gripping saga of struggle against alien control, and an examination of the machinery of creation and destruction. Above all, it is world-building of the highest and grandest order, on a scale rarely seen in science fiction since the great works of Olaf Stapledon.

©1989, 2009 A. A. Attanasio (P)2012 A. A. Attanasio

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    Steven Wright 03-21-13

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    "A Truly Visionary Tale"
    What three words best describe David Gilmore’s performance?

    Bad dinner theater. The narration of this book very nearly ruined this book for me.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the story. The way in which Attanasio manages to tell a tale that spans 7000 years through the experience of the main characters is really unique. The worlds that he creates or rather that he has the Rimstalker create are an astounding concept that really stick with me and I am sure that I will return several more times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paul Madison, WI, United States 12-20-12
    paul Madison, WI, United States 12-20-12

    Seeking authors who don't write stories loaded with sales gimmicks that are so prevalent in audiobooks these days.

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    "To Dark otherwise it could have been a great book"
    What disappointed you about The Last Legends of Earth?

    I had to fast forward thru the descriptions of gore. I don't want to take my imagination to a nightmare world. This book needs a Horror warning or label.

    (I should have know from the short sample, but I gave it a try because it sounded like it was going to be light or even humorous when the narrator was reading the guide book to the worlds inhabitants, warring the Earth's people who have been brought back to life.)


    Has The Last Legends of Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It is a multi genre horror and SI-FI so no, I never, ever read horror! this slipped in #$%&!!


    What didn’t you like about David Gilmore’s performance?

    The voice artist is gifted when it comes to clarity and diction. Reading is flat, almost a montone, paced slow and not much change. Some risk and a couple odd voices here and there that are so out of place after the metronome delivery of the rest of the story. Very briefly one voice has a special effect that sounded like an echo chamber that grated so much I fast forwarded that too. Special effects?! Don't do it unless your 100% sure it's going to work. Let our imagination fill in the atmosphere of a well written story and skip the risky stuff.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I think I could have loved this book without it's dark side, if it were just SI-FI without the sick horror. I don't want to fill my imaginary world with torture or genocide when I follow along in a story. Tone down the dark stuff, it isn't necessary to go there to tell this story, there could still be conflict without resorting to the easy or cheap trick of adding that stuff.


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    Michael 11-18-14
    Michael 11-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story, Awful, awful narrator"
    If you could sum up The Last Legends of Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Classic, awesome story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Legends of Earth?

    What makes this story great is the way the writer is able to bring such creatures to life - and the span of history the story arcs through.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The sound quality is poor, the volume changes erratically. The narrator doesn't have any story telling skill at all. I will be sure to avoid audiobooks narrated by David Gilmore in the future.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Narration is awful, dreadful. Almost as if the budget for the audiobook was so low they went and asked Tim from Accounting to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Søren 09-24-14
    Søren 09-24-14

    Give me a good audiobook over TV anyday :)

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    "Very poor sound-quality"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Gilmore?

    Anyone who knows how to use recording software


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.. the pre-listen sounded so good and then the story is so bad, it was impossible to keep track of what was happening, because most of it was simply uninteresting :/


    Any additional comments?

    Worst is the poor quality of the recording, at some points you can hardly hear whats being said and the next moment, its like he's screaming in your ear - Really annoying :(

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    "I'm not too sure about this"

    The story is ok and in places it interested me but I got a bit confused with the worlds and names but that could just be me. I found the references to pain a bit disturbing and possibly a bit S&M so it put me off a bit.



    There were some interesting comparisons between who were the good guys and bad guys so it kept me listening and I liked the characters which helps!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie
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    9/19/13
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    "Take It Slowly"

    It's almost hard to review this book. I read it a few years ago and have just finished the audio version now. The story is truly epic, yet very difficult to follow at times. The characters jump all over the place, and time in the quest to kill off this pain educing vampiric Zotly. I suggest you take it slowly and let the story sink in, it isn't an easy read ( or listen) but it's worth it.

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