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The Rowan: Tower and Hive, Book 1 | [Anne McCaffrey]

The Rowan: Tower and Hive, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future.

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.

Listen to the rest of the Rowan Series.

©2007 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    James P. Dyer Riverside, CA United States 08-24-10
    James P. Dyer Riverside, CA United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a bad start"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Houston, TX USA 08-12-15
    Amazon Customer Houston, TX USA 08-12-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring, boring and more boring"

    There was no excitement or conflict. The 2 main characters were madly in love in 2 minutes with nothing to indicate why. The big finale was nothing. The reader had the same voice for all the characters (and she sounds like my 91-year-old aunt from Iowa). It was just boring. I have read a lot of Anne Mccaffrey in the past and loved her books, but I won't be buying more from this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annika 12-26-13
    Annika 12-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic McCaffrey"
    Any additional comments?

    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.]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Evans 06-24-12

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    "Rowan Rocks"
    What did you love best about The Rowan?

    The development of this series is just awesome. Mixing space, telekinesis and teleporation with aliens and humans is a great combo!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rowan and Purza


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

    YES


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny DEFIANCE, OHIO, United States 03-05-12
    Jenny DEFIANCE, OHIO, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"
    If you could sum up The Rowan in three words, what would they be?

    wonderfully engaging story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The can't stop listening factor of the story that catches you and keeps you comming back for more.


    Which character – as performed by Jean Reed Bahle – was your favorite?

    The Rowan


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I laughed and cried. The deaths were so sad.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Angelone Houston, TX 10-24-10
    K. Angelone Houston, TX 10-24-10 Member Since 2013

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    "A Great Book and a Passing Audio Recording"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki J. 07-07-15
    Vicki J. 07-07-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Another great book by Anne McCaffrey!"

    Another great book by Anne McCaffrey!
    Can read and listen to her stories over and over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trudie 06-20-15
    Trudie 06-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good story"

    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.

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    Bonniejane east syracuse, NY, United States 06-05-15
    Bonniejane east syracuse, NY, United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "fantastic!"

    For a book recorded in 1990 the audio quality was quite good, as always Annes books are fantastic.

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    Heather 06-04-15
    Heather 06-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Owned this in tape - a classic"

    This boom took me cross country and I love it anew everytime I listen. This is a classic.

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