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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 2008
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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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    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Evans Florida's best beaches, The Panhandle 06-24-12
    Theresa Evans Florida's best beaches, The Panhandle 06-24-12 Member Since 2011

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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
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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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    Wayland Midland, TX, USA 11-13-09
    Wayland Midland, TX, USA 11-13-09
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    "great Read"

    I love the series, and this one builds on the Pegasus books, Enjoy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annika MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA, United States 12-26-13
    Annika MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic McCaffrey"
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    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.]

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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 05-11-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 05-11-13 Member Since 2012

    The Book Rev

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    "Lot's of Fun, this is how we should power rockets."
    Would you listen to The Rowan again? Why?

    Yes, This is a fun Fantasy. I really enjoyed the story of the Rowan. Her childhood is presented as believable. Her young adult life is also believable. Buy it and enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the person of the main character. I liked how she stepped up to the danger of an alien invasion. Her solution to the problem that the whole Solar System faced is wonderful.


    What about Jean Reed Bahle’s performance did you like?

    Extraordinaire abilities. There is a tragic death scene and Ms Bahle does an excellent job convening the effects upon the lives of this fantasy population. Again it is very believable.


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

    I laughed a lot and it is very hard to place down and put aside for later.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun fantasy! Enjoy it and get a break from today's hard paced life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel SPARTA, TENNESSEE, United States 02-22-13
    Rachel SPARTA, TENNESSEE, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rowan to be better than the print version?

    I actually preferred the print version. I could give each character his or her own voice.


    What other book might you compare The Rowan to and why?

    I cannot compare.


    What three words best describe Jean Reed Bahle’s performance?

    Lack luster performance


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Hampton, VA, United States 12-06-12
    James Hampton, VA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Rowan"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes anne mccaffery is one of the best authors in my time I was born in 1955


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rowan?

    TIme


    Did Jean Reed Bahle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Stop yhe reverbee

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 07-10-12
    Andrew 07-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book, not thrilled with the performance."
    Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and/or Jean Reed Bahle?

    I have read most of Anne McCaffery's books. This is a good start to the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jean Reed Bahle?

    Anyone


    Any additional comments?

    The performance has a metallic quality to the sound, which makes the reader sound like a text to speech program instead of a real person. Some paragraphs sound more metallic than other paragraphs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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