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Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 Audiobook

Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

The Klikiss, a now-extinct alien civilization, left behind vast technological information that has been discovered by two xenoarchaeologists. One discovery, a device that converts gas planets into life-giving suns is quickly put to the test with unimaginable results. Arising out of the test is a new alien species that threatens every human. Mankind is left with the dim reality, either fight the new alien life form or face humiliation, death, and extinction.

This riveting adventure swings you from one wonderous realm to another as the Hidden Empire is sought after and exposed. Anderson has created a gripping beginning to what will surely be his best series yet. George Guidall has returned a stellar performance and brought these characters to life in vivid detail.

Don't miss a minute of the action in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns.

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What the Critics Say

"In this stellar launch of a new series, bestseller Anderson...delivers action, engaging characters, and credible fantastic worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
"Full of battles, chases, and hairbreadth escapes...this is also an intelligently conceived and executed nailbiter." (Booklist)
"Anderson's skill in delivering taut action scenes and creating well-rounded human and alien characters adds depth and variety to a series opener that belongs in most sf collections." (Library Journal)

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    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 06-30-14
    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Its for people with patience."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is very slow in starting. The author layers his characters and the universe for hours....


    Has Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope. It was a jump from Fantasy to Sci Fi and I guess I should not try "Epic SciFi" before I have matured into the genre.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He is great...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope...


    Any additional comments?

    For a more patient listener...

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-20-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "EXTINCTION"

    Kevin Anderson’s “Hidden Empire” presumes earth’s civilization survives natural and man-made cataclysm noted in today’s news rooms. Anderson infers civilization survives global warming and does not disappear from natural disaster. Anderson projects a future of other-world colonization, sentient robots, and inter-species communication. However, in his first book of “The Saga of Seven Suns” sentient beings continue to place life at the threshold of extinction.

    Science fiction stretches today’s scientific truths and uncovers interesting necessities when surmising a future for human civilization. Traveling to outer space to colonize other worlds demands discovery in the laws of science that are presumed unlikely or impossible today. “Hidden Empire” suggests the speed of light will be exceeded, artificial intelligence will become its own life form, and human senses will evolve to accommodate instantaneous communication between distant planets. (Hmmm--see Ray Kurzweil.)

    “Hidden Empire” is the beginning of a multi-volume story that reminds listeners of the nature of human beings; i.e. most act instinctively rather than scientifically. The consequence is often disastrous; particularly when science is linked with political power. Human civilization seems destined to be on the edge of extinction; not from science or natural disaster, but from human nature.

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    Allison Fredericton, New Brunswick 06-19-14
    Allison Fredericton, New Brunswick 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but ..."

    I found this to be a reasonably good story but am unclear now if it is so good that I am willing to invest 5 whole days of my life to get from here to the end of the saga.

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    Anthony B. 06-04-14
    Anthony B. 06-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, but it takes it's time."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It seems arrogant to suggest changing a book, but I would liked to have seen things pick up much quicker.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really loved the overall story but I disliked almost every single character. There was an overall lack of depth to most of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I imagine that Hollywood could turn this into a pretty good series of flicks.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the series has a great story to offer, but I would hope that the characters mature greatly in the following installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 05-20-14
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Jumps All Over The Place"

    I found this book hard to follow due to the number of subplots. It was constantly jumping from one scene to another, many of which either had such a thin connection or the connection was so deep in the book that it was irrelevant.

    The book also ended suddenly without resolution, so it you really get into it, you have to continue to buy the rest of the series to get to the answers.

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    Ron 05-15-14
    Ron 05-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Manay characters, but no doring story arcs."
    What did you love best about Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1?

    Epic


    Any additional comments?

    This is a review of the entire series. As I try to venture into the world of space operas, I find this series to be one of those that keeps me moving in that direction. At first it is a little confusing given the number of characters, but if you hang in there they all become interesting. The series is epic, and only starts to become tiring towards the last book (book 7), but those wrap up things well. Both the main protagonists and antagonist grow and develop throughout the series.

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    Amazon Customer 04-20-14
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    "Mormon Star Wars"
    What disappointed you about Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1?

    Sad and disappointing the characters all seem the same and the more edgy ones use drugs like coffee and alcohol while other ones have sex with tons of women solely for making baby's,watch out for the over the top swear words like SHIS...F**K. Mormon Star Wars, with light sabers, quirky droids, planet destroying weapon and know one who is really evil.I found myself rooting for the bad guys.Be warned one white women is very bad and thinks about having sex with a BLACK MAN...really, way to lower the bar "Mister Anderson".


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin J. Anderson again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom,Sadness,Depression and suicidal thoughts...Help


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Des Moines, IA 04-18-14
    Jason Des Moines, IA 04-18-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Shallow and predictable"

    Every twist of the story is telegraphed chapters ahead of time and I was forced to listen to boring hours before the characters in the novel caught on. I read all about the series on wikipedia and am relieved that I won't be missing much of interest in the next six books. The enemies and their motivations are nebulous and ill-conceived, they seem to be there just to give Mr. Anderson something to write about. The universe of the book is somewhat interesting, but I feel that learning about it from a few paragraphs on wikipedia is much more enjoyable than sitting through another 120 hours of these books would be.

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    Angelia 04-09-14
    Angelia 04-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Living my life like it's GOLDEN!

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    "Wowza!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    The Characters jump off of the page! Their emotions, struggles and accomplishments are enthralling.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He gave voice to each individual character which is so impressive because there were several.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    King Pete's wit, Basal's treachery and little Osiras intellect.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading Sci-Fi for decades and this book has held me spellbound for weeks!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Rochester, MN, United States 01-10-14
    Todd Rochester, MN, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Took a bit to get going, rolling at the end."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Did not read


    What other book might you compare Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 to and why?

    Game of thrones, less complicated but good story none the less.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George is my favorite, rarely find fault with his work, did well on this as expected


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None set apart from others


    Any additional comments?

    A slow start, took me a while to sort out and place all characters. Liked enough to get 2nd book and just finishing 3rd. I like to listen to multi books in a series and I'm always pleased when after the first I look forward to the next ones.
    Spend a lot of time in the car so 20+ hours gave me value for my credit as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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