An infinite, sweeping saga of interstellar war - the first SF classic for the 21st century. The empire of the Shaa lasted 10,000 years. Years of terror, infinite violence and oppressive, brutal order. Now the Shaa are no more, but the terror and violence are only beginning... The Shaa, rulers of the universe, began to commit ritual suicide when it became clear that their minds - profoundly intelligent but limited - would accept no further information. Near immortality was their one, great mistake. And so began the war between the Naxids, oldest client race of the Shaa, who believed themselves inheritors of the empire, and a frail alliance of other races, including humanity. And so, the story of a dread empire's fall begins...
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In many aspects, yes. David Drummond delivers spectacularly on this title. He does an excellent job at creating many different voices for the large cast of characters. I was particularly impressed by the characteristic voices he came up with for the various alien species such as the Naxids and Torminel. He also does a great job expressing emotions without being too over-the-top. Volume and speed are also consistent, and as far as I can tell, the production quality is excellent.
Probably Gareth Martinez. His light accent is well done, and you can't help but be wildly entertained by his cheerfully shameless ambition throughout the book as he stumbles almost accidentally into heroism and fame.
Probably the scene where Richard Li and Fleet Commander Jarlath are on the ring station and encounter some Naxid plotters. David Drummond's portrayal of an enraged Torminel can only be described as a masterpiece of the narrator's art.
The final scene of the Gredel flashbacks was chilling enough in print, but when brought to life in audio, you can really get a feel for the raw emotions that our protagonist must have felt at that point.
I have really enjoyed this title, both in print and audio. I can't wait to hear Drummond narrate the next entry, The Sundering.
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