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Publisher's Summary

For generations, the descendants of the powerful telepath known as the Rowan have used their various talents to help mankind - some are telepaths, others can teleport through space, others are empathic healers. The clan has grown powerful. They have led Earth to ally itself with the alien Mrdini, and together the two races have held back the predatory Hivers, a deadly insectoid species that kills all life it finds.

Like all powerful families, the Rowan clan has also made enemies. There are those who say the treaties with the Mrdini gave away too much - especially, that the Mrdini get more than their fair share of new living space as habitable planets are discovered - that the Hivers should have been exterminated by now, and that far too much power is concentrated in one family.

The clan has two goals to keep the peace: to help the Mrdini control population growth, so that newly discovered planets are distributed more evenly, and to put a final halt to Hiver advances. They are confident of success - if they can survive sabotage and assassination attempts aimed at destroying all they have worked for.

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©2007 Anne McCaffrey (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Readers looking for intelligent, heroic adventure will find it here, and Rowan fans will be especially pleased at this felicitous closing of a popular SF series." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Wrap Up

Bundle things up to close out the series. But not as good as the earlier books in the series.

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love the book but didn't like all the accents

I enjoyed this book but the other books in this series have a better narrator

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Anne Macafrey is the mother of science fiction

Her ability to take us out amongst the stars is unparalleled. The way she creates different life forms and races is outstanding. I think that any one interested in science fiction should definitly read this series

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loved it.

.She is my all time favorite author. Whether it is Dragon s or space ships they are so captivating she just pulls you in as one of her characters.

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Super Read !!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love all Anne McCaffary books. The Talent series is rated up there with the pern books for greatness. But as far as I'm concerned there is no bad book by this author..

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Switched narrator. Oops!

As always Anne McCaffry writes a good story. This book is the fifth in the series and as a paperback is enjoyable. Unfortunately they switched readers for this last book. If you have listened to all of the other books, which have the same reader, and then start this one??? It???s like jumping into a new series, it seams completely divorced from what has come before. Susan Ericksen is a fine reader for OTHER books but her style drastically differs from the rest of the books in this run and breaks this last book away from the end of the series. In short: Switched narrator. Oops!

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Writing is a huge disappointment.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book really wasn't up to the quality of past Anne McCaffrey books. I swear it was like somebody else wrote this book, using the basic storyline of her past books.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne McCaffrey again?

I love Anne McCaffrey books and have read pretty much everything she's written.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

I don't care for how she portrays the characters, too sickly sweet.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tower and the Hive?

The one where they sent to Laria's tower that guy who was a total jerk. That part was like some soap opera. And the Kincaid/Laria romance storyline was absolutely ridiculous!

Any additional comments?

It was like the writer suddenly didn't know her characters and somehow changed them to be weak and fickle. I can't express strongly enough how disappointed I was with this book, which is saying a lot since I'm a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey.

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Hello old friends.

It's so nice to revisit books that helped me to get started as a reader. these characters are long time friends and cherished adventures.

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As always the story is excellent, but .....

What made the experience of listening to The Tower and the Hive the most enjoyable?

As with most everything Anne McCaffrey the story is 5 star .. the biggest problem with this audiobook is the performance. It is obvious the narrator is unfamiliar with the characters and they the sound effects added to the recording are terrible. I wish they would re-record this book using the same narrator and style they used in the other books in the series.

What other book might you compare The Tower and the Hive to and why?

The Pegasus Trilogy, same author they are the prequels to the Tower series.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

did not like the performance at all, narrator did not know the characters and the sound effects were terrible

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

only that I did not like the recording and narrator but I bought it anyway because its anne mccaffrey and is the last in the series

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an end to the series with the most original story

You must read the first 4 books but this 5th is the best.