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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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    Annika 12-26-13
    Annika 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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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.]

    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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    Dennis Dallas, TX 04-09-15
    Dennis Dallas, TX 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and/or Jean Reed Bahle?

    I liked the story's concept, but was disappointed in the slow development, and subsequent focus on the romatic aspect of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 04-02-15
    Andrew 04-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Anne McCaffrey is a master"

    Her stories are excellent, easy to read and solidly written. This story takes a logical look at where we will be if ESP and telekinesis are real and useful. Mix in a bit of space opera with literal BEMs and you have a winner.

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    Holly 03-29-15
    Holly 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just OK!"

    I suspect that if it was 1975 and I was 19 again, I would have loved this novel. However, the 2015 me found it a bit dated.

    It is my understanding that Anne McCaffrey was one of the first women Sci Fi writers to incorporate strong female characters. McCaffrey was the first women to win a Hugo and the first to win a Nebula. However, I found the all the characters a bit flat and the women too willing to let the men protect and take care of them.

    The best part of the novel is the beginning when we see the title character 'The Rowan' growing up. Once 'The Rowan' reached 18 and sex was introduced into the story, the novel was more like a Harlequin romance novel in space.

    All in all, it wasn't terrible-just not quite as good as other titles I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan HAMPTON, VA, United States 09-01-14
    Dan HAMPTON, VA, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Mediocre."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Rowan to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, see above. Seemed to me that there are better books out there in this genre.


    What didn’t you like about Jean Reed Bahle’s performance?

    The speed of the read was excessive. As I said above it was so fast as to be a distraction.


    Could you see The Rowan being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-20-14
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

    www.newimperium.org

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    "An Anne McCaffrey Classic"


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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