The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo, and people between Earth's Moon, Mars' Demos and Jupiter's Callisto.
An orphaned young girl, simply called The Rowan, is discovered to have superior telepathic potential and is trained to become Prime Talent on Callisto.
After years of self-sacrificing dedication to her position, The Rowan intercepts an urgent mental call from Jeff Raven, a young Prime Talent on distant Deneb. She convinces the other Primes to merge their powers with hers to help fight off an attack by invading aliens.
Her growing relationship with Jeff gives her the courage to break her status-imposed isolation, and choose the more rewarding world of love and family.
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©2007 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"In this sensitive portrayal (expanded from the author's first published story, 'Lady in the Tower') McCaffrey draws a warm and vivid picture of a struggling frontier society." (Publishers Weekly)
This is sort of a continuation of the Pegasis series and does continue the story. The only downfall is the length of the book which if this was a movie would have been over in about 30 minutes, still it is a good listen. However, the reader does not seem to be that good since she cannot seem to pronounce some of the names of the places correctly even according to some of the dictionaries online or in print. If you can get over the fact that the name of the planet that Jeff comes from is spelled Deneb and not Deneeb as the reader pronounces it, she is a good reader.
Anne McCaffrey's work was my first exposure to the Science Fiction genre. Because I first read The Rowan at a young age I have a hard time accurately assessing it as an adult - I mostly get caught up in the nostalgia.
But I can say I very much enjoyed getting to listen to an old favorite. My only complaint would be the slightly robotic voice of the narrator. It almost sounded like they sped up her performance just enough to make some of her cadences sound unnatural. There is also a little echo that I can hear on my computer and car speakers but don't notice with headphones. I don't notice it with other audio books so I don't think I have a settings issue. [I should say that the telepathic communications are given a deliberate echo to differentiate unspoken dialogue for spoken. This is not the echo that I'm talking about.]
The development of this series is just awesome. Mixing space, telekinesis and teleporation with aliens and humans is a great combo!
Rowan and Purza
wonderfully engaging story!
The can't stop listening factor of the story that catches you and keeps you comming back for more.
Yes I laughed and cried. The deaths were so sad.
This is a wonderful book. I used to own it as an audio cassette version and it sounds just like I remember. It has always been one of my favorite books ever since highschool when I first read it in paperback. I just had to have this book, but then the whole series is great.
I love Anne MacAffrey's books, and I loved this one when I read it. But the audio recording, perhaps because it was a tape first, is warped and awkward most of the time. The enhanced download is passable. By the end, I had almost gotten used to it.
The sound effects were superb and helped the story to flow naturally. The reader was great. A little less on the sexual situations and the story would have been five stars.
For a book recorded in 1990 the audio quality was quite good, as always Annes books are fantastic.
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