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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space.

Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

©1987 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Outstanding!…The best ever, by the best in the field…The ultimate combination of imagination and realism.” (Tom Clancy)
The Legacy of Heorot is well written, action packed, and tension filled…Makes Aliens look like a Disney nature film.” ( Washington Post)
“Page-turning action and suspense, good characterization, and convincing setting…May be the best thing any of those authors has written.” ( Denver Post)

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Great read!

I read this one years ago, asked audible.com staff to consider recording it, they did. Hearing it was even better than reading it. The characters and theme are developed with great care.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Gastonia, NC, United States
  • 03-04-13

Damn Great Book

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

Absolutely, I read this few years ago, and listening to it performed brings an entirely different element to it.

What did you like best about this story?

I love colonization books, and this one is one of the best thought out plots/story I think I have seen.

What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

Awesome!!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

something to do with grendels and their speed I am sure

Any additional comments?

nope

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Still my all time favorite

If you could sum up The Legacy of Heorot in three words, what would they be?

Hold your breath

Any additional comments?

I first read this book back in 87 when it first came out, and it was my favorite book. I have read some great books since, but I still think this is my #1. I remember reading it, and it being a "can't put down page turner", until the big climax. Then I realized I was only 1/3 through the book. Again, the next big climax, and I was 2/3 through the book.I have always been a Niven fan, but not so much with Pournelle, and when Barnes joins in, I usually don't like the books much at all (Saturn Rising, no thanks), but in this book, they absolutely nailed it.I especially like the way the story gives voice to the thoughts of the Grendel. I almost made a spoiler there. I better stop now, before I let something slip.Just get this book, you'll love it!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding! Magical!

When Niven, Pournelle and Barnes get together to write a novel well it's pure chemistry. It's magical, because I can read these stories over and over and never tire of them! The Legacy of Hearot , the children of Beowulf, Footfall, all the Ringworld stored, and takes of known Space. Niven is a master story teller but Barnes and Pournelle really complaint him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story, hard to understand sometimes

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

I would recommend this book. While under 30 years old, you can still tell the difference in societal norms. Cigarette smoking being glamorous, women in mostly subservient roles to men. But still a very good story. Because of the deepness of the narrator's voice it was sometimes hard to understand, but overall a very enjoyable listening experience.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the narrator did a very good job.

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Ok story

Didn't find this particularly impressive given the authors are well known. Likely will not listen to rest of series.

I also wasn't overly thrilled with the narrators choice of character voices.

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Maybe this just doesn't work as an audio book.

Difficult to follow in this format. Not the kind of story I expected.

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An excellent story brought to life.

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

This story really came to life. The mood and tempo matched the story quite well. The action scenes were appropriately suspenseful and the book ended much sooner than I would have liked.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is a well crafted tale of survival that read like a movie plot. I will re-visit this book very soon.

What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He effectively read the voices true to the authors wishes. If the character had a lisp, he read with a lisp. I would most likely just plow right through without any care or consideration for that detail.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

On a one way mission to a world light years away, it was man or monster; only one would survive.

Any additional comments?

This book will not disappoint.

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  • Scott
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 04-27-14

A great sci-fi yarn

This book is energizing, intelligently written, and fun to listen to—a truly great sci-fi yarn.
I've been a fan of Larry Niven since his early tales of Beowulf Shaeffer—yet freely acknowledge that when he collaborates with other writers, his plots become more concise, and his characters become more nuanced and interesting. This book is a case in point. With these three authors working together, one could expect great action, great plot, and great entertainment—and "The Legacy of Heorot" delivers.
Although at first I wasn't sold on Tom Weiner's narration, it quickly grew on me. Any time I find myself more focused on the story than the narrator—that's a good thing, and Mr. Weiner brings the story across with coherent characterizations that blur the boundary between performance and mere narration—with positive results.
Next up for me, "Beowulf's Children."

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More disappointing that Beowulf's Children!

I read Legacy of Heorot when it first came out and I loved it! Through the years it has become my absolute favorite novel. I think I’ve read it six times at least. I’ve bought numerous copies to give as gifts, and recommended it to many of my friends. In fact, I’ve always hoped it would become a trilogy of movies – it’s laid out perfectly for that.
When Beowulf’s Children came out, I jumped on it immediately, but it was a huge let-down. No spoilers, but I hated the way the characters that I had come to know and love were treated, and one basic premise simply sucked.
This book really needed a team of narrators to do it justice and Tom Weiner was just not up to the job. Nothing against him, I’ve loved what he did with other Larry Niven books, but he simply didn’t have enough different voices to do the job on this ensemble cast of characters. His version of Carlos, one of my favorite characters, went all over the map, and he went from sounding like an Australian trying to fake a Spanish accent, to a whining inner-city Yankee reading a bus schedule.
The story is still excellent and worth your time, but I would encourage you to actually read rather than deal with this narration. It’s really no surprise to me that there have been so many bad reviews of this great book. The narration simply ruins the story.

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  • Alan R
  • 07-18-16

Possibly one of the best sci-fi yarns, ever.

I first read this on publication back in the 1980's and enjoyed it then. I have re-purchased and re-read with gusto over the intervening years.

The story is undeniably good, the plot excellent, the tension inexorable.

The narrator I at first thought work-a-day, but he turned out to be very, very, good.

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  • Just
  • 03-23-14

Very good.

What did you like most about The Legacy of Heorot?

I read this book years ago and was very pleased to see the audio version available at last.

What did you like best about this story?

The whole concept.

What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is okay.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-18

Everything I Need in a Book

A classic sci fi adventure yarn with superb character development, an alien world described so well you can feel the wind blow and a stunning story with an alien antagonist to match them all. First read this many years ago and it’s as good now as it was then. Very highly recommended!

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  • Pete Cadwell
  • 10-03-15

Good.

More than one narrator would of been better for the female voices. c:

but overall good.

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  • Darren
  • 01-02-14

Unbelievable

What would have made The Legacy of Heorot better?

What would make the story better? Probably not reading it. I'm not accepting that the people who were selected for this mission were the brightest and most able of the half billion that applied. It looks like the Government of Earth loaded the space ship with those they most wanted to get rid of. When the ' monster' attacks the 'Scientists' basically go berserk and burn down their encampment.
I had to stop listening at that point as it was to ludicrous to be even remotely believable.

Possibly it would get better but I doubt it. Hurry up monster and kill all the humans you would be doing the galaxy a favour.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

I have listened to a number of books by Nivon and with the exception of Footfall I was disappointed don't think I will bother in the future

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Weiner?

To be fair the narrator was quite good.

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

Very disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother

2 of 9 people found this review helpful