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.
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.
I don't know about this one. It was in my "To Read" pile and I didn't even glance at what it was about before I started it. I was expecting science-fiction and was somewhat surprised when extrasensory perception appeared very early on in the story, followed closely by a bunch of machine-augmented telekinesis. There wasn't a great deal of explanation about how this all worked (although it started out in a promising vein with the description of the "Goose Egg" device used to detect "talent", as these powers are called, and mark out the owners for further training) but not much more is said of the technology beyond the occasional nod in its direction when talking about the requirement for The Towers in order to allow the Prime talents to do their thing.
I felt that this book could be split into two-pieces, the good piece, and the bad piece. The good piece is the first part. From a general reading perspective the authors abilities to craft an interesting story with solid, believable and interesting characters in an interesting and well described environment are on show but about half-way through the book (where the bad piece starts) things get a little crazy, almost like the author had had enough of writing this book and just wanted everything to come together and end. Specifically I felt that it suffered from at least three major flaws (four if you count the issues I had with the audio since I listened to this one):
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1) The Rowan starts out as a pretty strong character until, about half-way through the book, she just suddenly turns into a doormat for the main male protagonist when the "love at first sight" meeting occurs. I found myself trying to rationalise this as being due to the fact that it was a completely open, mind-to-mind meeting of the two, subsequent to which both parties were intimately aware of the smallest nuance of the other. That said, the literally instant shift into calling each other "darling" and "my love" and acting like long-lost-lovers was jarring in the extreme. This just seemed like a massive break from the character established up to that point in the book.
2) The rape scene. OK, that's an exaggeration but the scene where Raven forcibly "helps" The Rowan to discover what's behind the mental block about her childhood trauma put me greatly in mind of the rape scene from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. It was quite a jolt to read.
3) The end. Wow, what a disappointment. There was minimal buildup and then the whole thing was done with in a paragraph or two. I'm not sure if the titular Hive is what is being battled at the end or if this is just a setup for the other books in the trilogy where the rest of the Hive is fleshed out and explained/dealt with but the ending felt incredibly rushed and like a cop-out on the rest of the story.
4) I listened to the audio version of the book from Brilliance Audio read by Jean Reed Bahle and had two major issues with it. The first was that Ms Bahle has the incredible ability to sound exactly like a synthesised voice, it was truly astonishing the number of times I did a double-take when she managed to get an uncannily similar intonation to a Speak 'n Spell. The other problem was the special effects that the production team laid on for the mental conversations. Looking at the Kindle preview of the book it would appear that communication that happened via telepathy rather than speech is italicised and this emphasis is translated into a rather annoying echo effect on the audio version. To be fair, I'm not sure what else they could have done to provide contrast but from my perspective if was easy enough to determine what was speech and what was telepathy merely from context.
Overall, meh, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and I'm not going to read the rest of the trilogy.
I guess someone wanted to minimize the time you spent listening. I think that the book was digitally sped up to minimize the time, either that or the reader is really rushing the read. The pace of the book was just short of "cartoonish". All the characters were sickeningly amiable toward each other detracting from the story. The work up to the plot was excessively long and cumbersome to the point of putting me off.
No, see above. Seemed to me that there are better books out there in this genre.
The speed of the read was excessive. As I said above it was so fast as to be a distraction.
I'm not really a fan of McCaffrey's style or her writing, but I did enjoy this one more than other books of hers. In essence this is a very character-driven tale of self-discovery and a touching story of love and family. We follow the Rowan from the time she is a baby through to motherhood, and everything is rendered very beautiful and real. McCaffrey's style is very visible as there is a lot of focus on character interactions more than the wider world. Still, the aspects of telepathy and telekinesis were cool and the exploration of it in terms of the relationships was very well done.
I'm not interested to the point of continuing the series (the alien aspect is not too interesting to me), but I think as a standalone it works quite well.
This book flows nicely from start to the next book..
I love Afra though he does not come into the book till later.. He is a spunky kid who wants more from life then what his planet has to offer..
No I have not listened to her before but she is pretty dang good at this one.
When the snot nosed girl destroyed the puka I wanted to kick her behind..
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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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.
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.
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.
I laughed a lot and it is very hard to place down and put aside for later.
This is a fun fantasy! Enjoy it and get a break from today's hard paced life.
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