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Return to Eden

By: Harry Harrison
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
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The rousing conclusion of an epic trilogy! In West of Eden and Winter in Eden, master novelist Harry Harrison broke new ground with his most ambitious project ever. He brought to vivid life the world as it might have been, where dinosaurs survived, where their intelligent descendants, the Yilane, challenged humans for mastery of the Earth, and where the human Kerrick, a young hunter of the Tanu tribe, grew among the dinosaurs and rose to become their most feared enemy. Now, in Return to Eden, Harrison brings the epic trilogy to a stunning conclusion. After Kerrick rescues his people from the warlike Yilane, they find a safe haven on an island and there begin to rebuild their shattered lives. But with fierce predators stalking the forests, how long can these unarmed human outcasts hope to survive? And, of course, Kerrick cannot forget Vainte, his implacable Yilane enemy. She's been cast out from her kind under sentence of death, but how long will her banishment last? For her strange attraction to Kerrick has turned into a hatred even more powerful than her instincts - an obsession that compels her to hunt down Kerrick and kill him.

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disappointing and unsatisfying conclusion

As much as I loved the first two books, this one fell flat. I can't really go into why I found the ending disappointing without spoilers, but suffice it to say a lot of potential was wasted. Most of this book was pointless meandering and only one arc had a satisfying conclusion. Too bad.

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Here’s The Thing

Although I’m grateful Harrison finished Kerrick’s story, I did get the feeling he’d run out of steam by this 3rd book.

The final story starts with a sorrowful Kerrick reflecting on humanity’s difficult situation - as though our illiterate Stone Age hero was writing his memoirs - but then switches to the present day where things aren’t so bad. Frankly, the story that follows feels like “more of the same “ than an exciting finale. But Harrison does tie up the Trilogy, and it’s not as melancholy as the prologue implied.

The narrator did an excellent job. His nomadic humans sounded solidly matter-of-fact. The intelligent Yilané clever and nonhuman.

Although I gave everything five stars, I actually would have preferred a more conclusive ending. Perhaps Harrison intended to return to Eden but he never did write any more Eden books.

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the final bow on a present of a book trilogy

a very bitter sweet end to a very emotional series. the yilane wain into their twilight extinction as the tanu surpass them. the ending is for only those who followed the story of kerik till the end. but I highly recommend this boom to anyone who loves dinosaurs, drama, and cavemen.

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You can always be surprised

I stumbled across West of Eden browsing a public library in 2005. I had no idea it was a trilogy until I decided to listen to it on Audible. I've been an avid Sci-fi reader for 40 years & this trilogy ranks up there. I would be very interested to see it adapted to the screen. i flew through all books in a few days. OUTSTANDING

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A heading is required, last time I do this!

Loved the book, enjoyed the re-run, listening................
20 words is silly 123, why so complicated

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  • 05-07-18

Extended Epilogue

Not quite up to the standard of the first two novels in the series. Lacks the dramatic tension and world building and could benefit from a final edit.Also note that from chapter 22 onwards the name of two continents is inadvertently reversed.

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  • Gaius Scuro
  • 09-27-16

Fine end to a fine series

I read West of Eden back in the early 80s and had been meaning to get round to reading the rest for a long time - long car journeys and Audible has now made that possible. I enjoyed the world that Harry Harrison created and especially enjoyed how it was brought to life by Christian Rummel's narration - how versatile is he? Very early on in the first book I no longer needed the 'said Kerrick' etc to know who was talking, each character was easily identifiable and each group had their own identifiable characteristics. A very enjoyable listen - I shall miss the Tanu and Ylane and have no doubt I'll be revisiting this series again in the future.

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  • Phil Harris
  • 07-22-15

Wonderful

A great final instalment to the trilogy. A well crafted and thought out world. Very well read. Enjoyment magnified 😃👍🏼