Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space.
Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.
©1987 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Outstanding!…The best ever, by the best in the field…The ultimate combination of imagination and realism.” (Tom Clancy)
“The Legacy of Heorot is well written, action packed, and tension filled…Makes Aliens look like a Disney nature film.” (Washington Post)
“Page-turning action and suspense, good characterization, and convincing setting…May be the best thing any of those authors has written.” (Denver Post)
This very well could be one of the worst things I have ever listened to. I do not know how three of the most talented science fiction writers on the planet could have come up with this. The premise is great, colonists stranded on a planet light years from earth are stalked by fierce creatures. I love creature fiction and Aliens is one of my favorite movies so I thought this could not miss. But the dialog and characters are so trite and silly; it distracts from everything else. Over and over you get speeches along the lines of, “This is our planet damn it, we rule here and no animal is going to take it away from us!” and “How could this animal exist? I have never heard of animal able to move this fast!” I wanted to scream: It is an ALIEN planet. Yes there are likely to be ALIEN life forms on the planet that you have never seen before! I know the book is more than 25 years old but the male/female relationships in the book seem to be based more on 1950s middle school fantasies than what you would expect from scientists exploring and colonizing a far away planet.
Absolutely, I read this few years ago, and listening to it performed brings an entirely different element to it.
I love colonization books, and this one is one of the best thought out plots/story I think I have seen.
something to do with grendels and their speed I am sure
I read this one years ago, asked audible.com staff to consider recording it, they did. Hearing it was even better than reading it. The characters and theme are developed with great care.
I read Legacy of Heorot when it first came out and I loved it! Through the years it has become my absolute favorite novel. I think I’ve read it six times at least. I’ve bought numerous copies to give as gifts, and recommended it to many of my friends. In fact, I’ve always hoped it would become a trilogy of movies – it’s laid out perfectly for that.
When Beowulf’s Children came out, I jumped on it immediately, but it was a huge let-down. No spoilers, but I hated the way the characters that I had come to know and love were treated, and one basic premise simply sucked.
This book really needed a team of narrators to do it justice and Tom Weiner was just not up to the job. Nothing against him, I’ve loved what he did with other Larry Niven books, but he simply didn’t have enough different voices to do the job on this ensemble cast of characters. His version of Carlos, one of my favorite characters, went all over the map, and he went from sounding like an Australian trying to fake a Spanish accent, to a whining inner-city Yankee reading a bus schedule.
The story is still excellent and worth your time, but I would encourage you to actually read rather than deal with this narration. It’s really no surprise to me that there have been so many bad reviews of this great book. The narration simply ruins the story.
I would recommend this book. While under 30 years old, you can still tell the difference in societal norms. Cigarette smoking being glamorous, women in mostly subservient roles to men. But still a very good story. Because of the deepness of the narrator's voice it was sometimes hard to understand, but overall a very enjoyable listening experience.
Yes, the narrator did a very good job.
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Hold your breath
I first read this book back in 87 when it first came out, and it was my favorite book. I have read some great books since, but I still think this is my #1. I remember reading it, and it being a "can't put down page turner", until the big climax. Then I realized I was only 1/3 through the book. Again, the next big climax, and I was 2/3 through the book.I have always been a Niven fan, but not so much with Pournelle, and when Barnes joins in, I usually don't like the books much at all (Saturn Rising, no thanks), but in this book, they absolutely nailed it.I especially like the way the story gives voice to the thoughts of the Grendel. I almost made a spoiler there. I better stop now, before I let something slip.Just get this book, you'll love it!
The synopsis is deceptive. The story is different than what it appears. It's an okay story but not one I would listen to twice.
man, I tried I really tried but I just didn't care about any of the characters...not a bit...I only barely cared about the characters in the Ring World series. I guess there was always the mystery of the ring that kept me going in those books but this one was a slog all the way till about the 8 hour mark. I loved the Mote in God's Eye series, characters and all. I think this one was just too thin to keep me going. In sci-fi, it seems that the technology (or this case biology) becomes one of the characters; it needs attention and detail to make it interesting just like a regular character. In this book, that character was pretty flat. I'm not sure how I would have remedied that but there it is; it just wasn't worth it. The difference in the Mote series and this one for me may be that this was written in the late 80's, so maybe they got better at character development.
What would make the story better? Probably not reading it. I'm not accepting that the people who were selected for this mission were the brightest and most able of the half billion that applied. It looks like the Government of Earth loaded the space ship with those they most wanted to get rid of. When the ' monster' attacks the 'Scientists' basically go berserk and burn down their encampment.
I had to stop listening at that point as it was to ludicrous to be even remotely believable.
Possibly it would get better but I doubt it. Hurry up monster and kill all the humans you would be doing the galaxy a favour.
I have listened to a number of books by Nivon and with the exception of Footfall I was disappointed don't think I will bother in the future
To be fair the narrator was quite good.
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