Something is happening to planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to contemplate....
In this prequel to Eon, Greg Bear continues to explore the possibilities presented by the asteroid Thistledown, a remnant of a lost human civilization....
In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby....
Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet....
Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed....
Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again....
An epic interstellar tale of war from master of science fiction....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
Looking for military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale? If dead empires, galactic exploration, civilization-threatening war, and the battle for the future of humanity....
Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings....
Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size....
Across thousands of light-years, a vast armada of warships is heading for Earth to burn the homeworld down to its bedrock....
A superb science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts, and revenge....
Nine brilliant scientists travel light-years on a one-way trip to an Earthlike planet. Their mission is to study from orbit the two species of intelligent lifeforms on the surface....
When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought....
They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire....
The Forge of God described the destruction of Earth itself by self-replicating robots, Von Neumann machines designed to use the planet's mass to create more robotic creatures and spread throughout the Galaxy. Only a few humans have survived, aided by a mysterious alien race known only as “The Benefactors”, who arrived at Earth too late.
Now the small group of human survivors is determined to track down the criminal race who launched the planet killers. Humanity is given a starship by The Benefactors, and driven only by revenge they set out to find the unknown beings who are responsible for the destruction of Earth, and many other worlds.
Where does Anvil of Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book has some interesting ideas about technology and how advanced alien races would defend themselves. It ranks amongst the top ten SciFi books I've read so far.
What did you like best about this story?
The action parts where stuff is happening and techno babble is on rapid-fire.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Truly this is an underrated masterpiece- and I don't use that term lightly or often.
Two aspects of the novel keep me returning to it in both audiobook and print form: the insights into the realistic applications of warfare between civilizations and the murky morality in revenge over the span of lightyears and centuries.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The Forge of God was a page-turner. It's hard to believe Anvil of Stars is by the same author. The first six hours of the book is agonizing. It is virtually all angst and neurosis of the main character, Martin. What do his lovers mean to him? How is his affair with the boy different from his affair with the girl? What does it mean to be a leader of young adults on a mission to avenge mankind? In terms of plot, very, very little happens in the first six hours. I could literally say it in a sentence, so I will: In the fifth year of their mission, the children think they have discovered the killers of mankind, and launch the attack. You might think I'm leaving out a ton of plot turns and twists, but I'm not. You could say I've left out a training exercise (boring) and apparitions seen by a few of the crew (even more boring). And of course the ship divides as planned, but that's it. I'm not going to bother with the last two installments. In fact, I've already read the Wiki summary. The narrator is good, and even though I found his "voice" for at least one of the characters irritating (an uptalker? you know, when everything they say rises in inflection like a question?), I would have to say his narration kept the otherwise moribund story on life-support. Sadly, when nothing of consequence had occurred by the end of the first six hours, my interest expired, and the plug had to be pulled.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Best novel Bear has ever penned, possibly the best scifi I've ever read. Brilliant. Breathtaking.
over all, easy to listen to. I did not like it. It should have went another direction. too much irresponsible behavior. The use of children in this adventure was not the way too go.
The book was a struggle to start with. At times it did not seem like a sequel at all. The story did make it worth finishing. over all it was a good listen.
I really did not like this one. I loved his first book, The Forge of God. Anvil of Stars is very different in style.
Would you listen to Anvil of Stars again? Why?
Awesome ideas, great tension, great characters
Who was your favorite character and why?
All of them. Except Rosa, she is to hate and that has to be that way.
What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It's a very very good performance. He is very pleasant to listen to and he gave the story a lot of additonal character. in a good way.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Those aliens they encounter, they are just so awesome all the time! and the performance makes them even better
What disappointed you about Anvil of Stars?
Barely related to first book. More intent on interjecting sex into the story than Sci-Fi content.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No book 3
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
Loved the first book int he series. Same reader, he does a stellar job in this one too. But holy cow, the steady stream of sex between the underaged characters is super akward and uncomfortable, not to mention totally not needed. I felt myself cringing listening to the description of a couple 15 year olds getting busy.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
After I read 'Eon', almost 25 years ago, I immediately became a hooked on the science fiction of Greg Bear and read them all!. 'Anvil of Stars' was always my favorite and I was so pleased to see so many of his older books suddenly available in Audible. I downloaded this one immediately! Do you need to read 'The Forge of God' first? Well... yes... probably best... if only for continuity, but this really is a stand alone story. With echoes of 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Enders Game' it mixes the super science and colossal scope from the likes of Alistair Reynolds and Peter Hamilton with the social and moral plight of a group of children (reminding me of Orson Scott Card) as they journey to avenge the desctuction of the Earth. Loved it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of HOLD FOR PRICE Anvil of Stars to be better than the print version?
Never read it.
If you’ve listened to books by Greg Bear before, how does this one compare?
I have listened to the previous book in this series, this is probably better and a bit more positive -well sort of.
Which character – as performed by Stephen Bel Davies – was your favourite?
The brothers, though they were a bit wishy washy at times, their tenancy to fall to bits was also a problem..
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No just while in the gym.