Dragon's Egg

Cheela, Book 1
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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In a moving story of sacrifice and triumph, human scientists establish a relationship with intelligent lifeforms - the cheela-living on Dragon's Egg, a neutron star where one Earth hour is equivalent to hundreds of their years. The cheela culturally evolve from savagery to the discovery of science, and for a brief time, men are their diligent teachers.

©1980 Dr. Robert L. Forward (P)2017 Tantor

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“Forward has impeccable scientific credentials, and...big, original, speculative ideas." ( The Washington Post)

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Classic Hard Science Fiction

I love the writings of Dr. Forward. There is nothing like science fiction written by an actual physicist. I am hoping it will not take Audible long to release the second and third Cheela books as Audible titles. It has been decades since I read these books with my eyes, and now I am loving to re-read this one with my ears. :)

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Hard Sci-Fi at it's best

I read this book when it was originally released. This is by far one of the best hard science fiction books I have ever read. Robert L Forward seems to have done his best to make sure that this book is reasonably scientifically accurate while telling a great story about finding an intelligent species in the most unlikely of places. When I found the audible book version of it, I was overjoyed and was not disappointed at all by the performance of Todd McLaren. He did a beautiful job in his reading and really brought the story to life. My only disappointment is that they have not done an audible version of the sequel entitled Starquake, which I think is even better. So in closing I highly recommend this book. Don't be scared away that this is a hard sci-fi book. It is a story of a great adventure that is truly epic and one that I think all will enjoy, if not also come to love. Who knows, if enough people enjoy this book, maybe they'll commission the sequel to be done. One can only hope.

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Awesome

I Love this book! Great mind, great story. Hopefully Starquake will be available soon! Go Forward!

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Fascinating piece of Science Fiction

Forward managed to create an engaging and well rounded account of the development of another civilization. This was a fantastic book and I think anyone interested in social science or the history of human civilization will enjoy it.

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Mind blowing

Very entertaining story, and absolutely mind blowing concepts. Well worth a read or listen. Dr. Forward was not only a brilliant scientist, but a great storyteller.

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Great story

The audio was a little quiet. But the story was amazing! The story is easy to follow, even if you don't know the science. I can't wait for starquake (the sequal) to be an audiobook too.

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good.

tiny aliens evolving rapidly under massive gravity. PG rated. I really liked it. it was well narrated. the story was interesting. a fair amount of science. descriptions of aliens and their planet made me able to visualize it without getting lost in the weeds. I especially like the atmosphere that it created.

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read this when it was cirst published

what a great way to enjoy this story again.
the concept is a great stepping stone

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Hard Sci-fi

This was great. Astrophysics and speculative biology with a cool narrative tying it all together.

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Loved it all over again!

One of the things I find awesome about the times we live in is that it is becoming easier and easier to answer nagging questions. I first read this book in the far flung year of 1981 I thought the story was pretty good then and the science of the book made real sense to a teenager who had astronomy, astronauts, and space in general on the brain! Fast forward a few years (ok, almost 3 decades if you're going to be picky) and audible has thousands of books in audio format. Well I couldn't remember the name of the book that impressed me way back when to save my life but a simple internet search with a part of the plot I remembered vividly and viola! there it is! Ain't technology great!? So, on to the story. As the audio book unfolded I found myself remembering each chapter and it was like reconnecting with a lost friend. The very concept of two species evolving divergently as a result of a single cosmic event was so well thought out that the book read more like history than fiction. I am not going to spoil it by providing a ton of details, but I am going to suggest that you listen to it yourself. I will note one thing that is structurally different between reading and listening; events unfold on a very tight timeline and it seemed easier to recognize the passage of time reading the book with it's time stamps, than it was listening to it because the time stamps didn't have that visual connection to their passing. All in all a great story and the narration was spot on. Looking forward to the second Cheela book.