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Scattered Suns Audiobook

Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

Newly ascended to the Ildiran throne, Mage-Imperator Jora'h must quash the rebellion launched by his mad brother before the hydrogues destroy what is left of the empire. Assailed from all sides, Jora'h turns to his beloved half-human daughter, dispatching her on a desperate mission to make peace with the hydrogues.

Hope for humanity now rests with Jess Tamblyn, who continues to seed worlds with the watery wentals, the mortal enemies of the hydrogues. And on the ravaged planet of Theroc, home to a telepathic worldforest, a dead man is resurrected to prepare for the arrival of mysterious new allies in the fight.

But Chairman Basil Wenceslas's vendetta against the free-spirited Roamers has blinded him to danger closer to home - the soldier machines that make up the backbone of the Hansa fighting force. King Peter has long suspected that the compies, built with the help of the ancient Klikiss robots, cannot be trusted. Now the shocking proof comes when the Klikiss launch their long-planned extermination of all things flesh and blood. And in the ensuing battle, humans and Ildirans alike will face their darkest choices yet.

The saga continues: listen to more of Kevin J. Anderson's Seven Suns series.

©2005 WordFire, Inc.; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"More on-the-edge-of-your-seat SF thrills....Anderson handles a huge cast and complicated plot with élan." (Publishers Weekly)
"David Colacci's youthful, mildly expressive voice is a plus....Lots of action here, and a fully realized universe." (AudioFile)

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    James Foshee 08-05-17
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    "Read tbis before you buy."

    If you don't mind them changing the pronunciation of half the things in the stories, then the story is good. Terrible production and like another listener said "like nails on a chaulk board".

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    Barry 06-07-17
    Barry 06-07-17
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    "just disappointed new narrator"

    disappointed. the narrator was horrible it was hard to know one character from the next the man has no Talent as far as I'm concerned of reading books. I do enjoy the story of The Saga of the Seven Suns and will continue to listen to the ones I've already purchased I will go and check to make sure the same narrator was not hired for any of the other books if so this will be my last book of The Saga of the Seven Suns just because of the narrator is horrible I suggest you look at this review before you purchase this book

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    Douglas Robertson 06-07-17
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    "Another amazing chapter to the saga."

    The story is amazing. Not sure when the Ildirans became British and the Roamers Southerners. Perhaps the new performer should review the previous performances and not change the pronunciation of so many characters names. it was jarring.

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    Wayne Neenah Wisconsin 06-05-17
    Wayne Neenah Wisconsin 06-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "greatly disappointed in change of narator"

    I have been very pleased with the character development and plot line of this series. However, in this book they changed the narrator from the first three books in the series and I was annoyed to the point of not listening to the remainder of the series. The change in name pronunciations with the guttural sound emitted at the end of each of the Ildiran name was unnecessary. Furthermore, when he pronounced the word "cadre" like "coder" it was just to much. Please bring George Guidal back.

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    sedroray USA - Truck Driver 06-01-17
    sedroray USA - Truck Driver 06-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Annoying narrator"

    Narrator uses nice electronic effects, but they are over done. He also uses name pronunciations he can't comfortably pronounce, which is distracting and annoying.

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    Anders 02-02-17
    Anders 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "ffs!"

    when you change readers halfway through a series, please make them listen thr previous recordings. the two readers pronounce almost every name differently.

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    Jeebwize 09-18-16
    Jeebwize 09-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Feeling more like a forced story then ever"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would also warn them of certain story threads that I feel are forced. With one plot in particular, but a smattering of other bits throughout the book, I couldn't help but feel like several aspects of this book's story were written in a way to force the story in a certain direction, but without having earned the story. Both individuals and groups of people were acting in ways I couldn't feel were in character with how they had been developed so far.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson? Why or why not?

    Kevin certainly has an expansive and detailed imagination, and I would read more books by him. I plan to finish this series, which is three more books, and may read more. However, I worry that the forced-plot nature that I started feeling in book 3 of this series, and REALLY felt during this book (4) is a part of his writing as he gets deep into a story. I hope not, but hat is my fear.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    I cannot say that any of the character performances by David Colacci were particularly noteworthy. There are some basic voice inflections used for a few characters, but most of them sound the same, or are synthesized in some way to have a different, radio-show type feel to them.


    Do you think Scattered Suns needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There needs to be another book because it was written as an incomplete story. Many plots are left with something just dangling there by the end of the book. There's one in particular which has been left dangling each book, with no new information that says anything beyond "remember this? More is coming!"


    Any additional comments?

    Scattered Suns, Book 4 of this saga, is my least favorite of this series so far. I loved Book 1 and Book 2, and my biggest problem with Book 3 was that there seemed to be a large number of useless, filler chapters. Maybe they were there for flavor, maybe for word count inflation, I don't know. What I do know is that there were several chapters in Book 3 which I feel were completely unnecessary, and their exclusion would have actually made the book better.<br/><br/>Scattered Suns has actually disappointed me greatly in a few ways. Firstly, several things happening in the story feel forced. That's unfortunate, and gives the impression that things are happening because the author wanted them to happen, not because they fit the universe and the story as it has developed so far.<br/><br/>The other thing about this story that I found very disappointing, and actually frustrating, is that with the way the author treats energy usage and physics, I can no longer take this as a "hard sci-fi story." Too many things just don't work, when compared to other things that happen in the universe. As one example, without really going into spoiler territory (I feel) - I'm sorry, but ships that are easily able to completely obliterate several moons would have no trouble at all ripping through some thicker armor put onto a ship.<br/><br/>While I do enjoy the story, I'm also somewhat saddened that many of the space entities are just "elemental magic, in space." It's not that it's bad, just that I hoped for something more unique.

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    Clark Richey 04-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Switching narrators hurts a solid story"

    It's always hard when a series changes narrators. However, when the names of major characters also have the pronunciation of their names drastically changed it makes the transition particularly difficult. The narrator also had some rather unconventional pronunciations of common English words

    A solid continuation of the series that would have been much better with the original or at least a different narrator.

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    Don Reynolds Ashland, OR, USA 03-22-16
    Don Reynolds Ashland, OR, USA 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad choice on Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend against listening to the audio book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The pronunciation was extremely off, the accents chosen are stereotyped. It was a significant loss to change narrators. The inflections used show that the reader does not know the story and therefore makes it seem like the book was written by a different author who doesn't know the characters.


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    CJinMD 01-01-16
    CJinMD 01-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The power of a narrator (or the lack thereof)"
    What would have made Scattered Suns better?

    A more skilled narrator who doesn't treat the character factions like the war between the north and the south.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson? Why or why not?

    If I can listen to this book to it's end, I may be able to stomach another one. The storyline is great but the narrator sours the series with bad name pronunciations and poor diversity of character voices.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Colacci?

    His reading voice is good but his character voices lack diversity and imagination.


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

    The plot continues to captivate.


    Any additional comments?

    Re-record the books from #4 on?

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