This very well could be one of the worst things I have ever listened to. I do not know how three of the most talented science fiction writers on the ..Show More »planet could have come up with this. The premise is great, colonists stranded on a planet light years from earth are stalked by fierce creatures. I love creature fiction and Aliens is one of my favorite movies so I thought this could not miss. But the dialog and characters are so trite and silly; it distracts from everything else. Over and over you get speeches along the lines of, “This is our planet damn it, we rule here and no animal is going to take it away from us!” and “How could this animal exist? I have never heard of animal able to move this fast!” I wanted to scream: It is an ALIEN planet. Yes there are likely to be ALIEN life forms on the planet that you have never seen before! I know the book is more than 25 years old but the male/female relationships in the book seem to be based more on 1950s middle school fantasies than what you would expect from scientists exploring and colonizing a far away planet.