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    • Skyfall

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 9
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Eldrinson Valdoria is a bard and leader on the planet Skyfall, a world with a culture considered primitive by the starflung civilization of the Imperialate. As adept with a sword as he is with a ballad, he is also an undiscovered telepath of great power. Roca Skolia, a former dancer, is now the councilor for Foreign Affairs in the Imperialate's governing Assembly and heir to the Ruby Pharaoh of the Skolian Imperialate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More to the story

    • By Nikki on 11-14-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Final Key: Part Two of Triad

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 11
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    The Final Key is the completion of the duology Triad, which began with the novel Schism, and which reveals the epic story of how a war of galactic proportions first exploded between two great empires and how the Ruby Dynasty reached maturity. Schism ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent SF Series

    • By Nikki on 11-22-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Moon’s Shadow

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 8
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    At the age of 17, the young nobleman named Jaibriol Qox becomes ruler of a vast galactic empire - and loses everything he has ever valued. Born of a clandestine liaison between a renegade daughter of the Skolian Imperialate and a scion of the genetically engineered Eubian Traders, Jai Qox grew up in exile, unaware of the powers that coursed through his noble blood.

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Last Hawk

    • Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Reader in a bit of a hurry

    • By Stuart on 05-11-10

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Quantum Rose

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    The Saga of the Skolian Empire is Catherine Asaro's trademark series. It chronicles the lives of the members of the ruling family of the Empire in the distant interstellar future, weaving a fine blend of action, romance, and hard science fiction.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ok, but barely!

    • By Lisa on 04-21-06

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Catch the Lightning

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of technology, lots of romance

    • By Lonna on 06-24-04

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Spherical Harmonic

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 7
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Liza Kaplan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of the Skolian Empire, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost. Yet they must move quickly if they are to resume their rightful place as rulers of Skolia.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Love Asaro, downright embarrassing narration

    • By Sibyl on 04-13-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Bronze Skies

    • Major Bhaajan, Book 2
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Summoned by no less than the Ruby Pharaoh herself, Major Bhaajan is tasked with finding a killer. But this is no ordinary murderer. The Ruby Pharaoh witnessed a Jagernaut cut down Assembly Councilor Tap Benton-which shouldn't have been possible. The Jagernauts are the elite of the elite soldiers in the Imperial Space Command. What's more, the spinal node implanted in all Jagernauts should have prevented the murder. But the Ruby Pharaoh is sure of what she saw, and she has reason to believe that the Jagernaut will kill again. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too Much Background

    • By Robin C. Rutan on 11-11-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Undercity

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    In the galaxy-spanning future, Major Bhaajan is a tough female P.I. who works the dangerous streets of Undercity. Major Bhaajan, a former military officer with Imperial Space Command, is now a hard-bitten P.I. with a load of baggage to deal with, and clients with woes sometimes personal, sometimes galaxy-shattering, and sometimes both. Bhaajan must sift through the shadows of dark and dangerous Undercity - the enormous capital of a vast star empire - to find answers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • No Skolian Empire Here!

    • By Mark T on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Schism

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Schism is how it all began, harkening back to the early years of the Skolian Empire, back to the beginning of the war between Skolia and the Euban Traders. Twenty-three years have passed since the fateful vote in the Skolian Assembly that Roca missed in Skyfall. It created the first open hostility between Eube and Skolia, which has only deepened in the ensuing years. Now Eube senses an opportunity, for strife has riven the first family of the Skolian Empire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it except...

    • By Jack Maus (jamaus@airmail.net) on 07-01-17

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Ascendant Sun

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth, thanks to the upheaval of the Radiance War. With little more than the clothes on his back and with his family imprisoned by the Allieds, Kelric is forced to take work on a merchant vessel. But when that vessel enters Euban space, Kelric finds his worst nightmare realized.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good Asaro Book

    • By Don on 10-27-04

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Primary Inversion

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 189

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging SCIENCE fiction

    • By Trajanrome on 10-17-06

    Regular price: $18.87

    • The Fire Opal

    • Lost Continent, Book 4
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Deep in the sun-drenched desert, priestess Ginger-Sun carries the power of shape mages. And whispers abound: Is she descended from the beloved Sunset Goddess? Or are her nighttime rituals filled with wickedness? Ginger herself is uncertain, until a stranger is left for dead at her feet. Thence her magic begins to burn. Fate makes Ginger the stranger's wife and therefore a target for those who would murder this man to crown another - and force her magic into twisted ferocity. For unless Ginger masters her dark powers, violence will rein in Taka Mal - and in her soul.

    Regular price: $22.46

    • The Radiant Seas

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    This sequel to the acclaimed Primary Inversion continues the story of Sauscony and Jaibriol, each the heir to an interstellar empire, as they become entangled again in the machinations of the Skolian Empire.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Nobel Effort

    • By Melinda on 10-12-11

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Charmed Sphere

    • Lost Continent, Book 1
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down. Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince - and still unable to harness her magic properly - Chime was set adrift. As was the new king's cousin - and former heir - Lord Muller.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Magic of geometry

    • By Pam on 02-17-13

    Regular price: $26.95

    • Aurora in Four Voices (Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago Press)

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Sylvia Roldan Dohi
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    This collection of Catherine Asaro's show fiction contains five stories, including the Nebula Award-winning novella, Spacetime Pool, the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella Aurora in Four Voices, and an essay on Asaro's use of mathematics in her fiction.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good stories too painful to listen to.

    • By Robin on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Carnelians

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Revered SF novelist Catherine Asaro has twice won the coveted Nebula Award. In Carnelians, the Eubian empire and Skolian Imperialate have forged a peace treaty. But when an explosive pop anthem sweeps across the civilizations, unrest breaks out, and renewed warfare threatens to shatter the fragile peace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very well crafted, with many twists and turns!

    • By Brandon Hill on 11-15-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Ruby Dice

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Nebula Award winner Catherine Asaro's tales of the Skolian Empire have earned tremendous acclaim and a devoted following. War between the Eubian Concord and the Skolians has devastated the galaxy before. Now another epic clash is brewing, and the leaders of both empires might be powerless to stop it. Further complicating matters, both men hide shocking secrets that could spell their doom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story Bad reader

    • By David Langford on 09-07-09

    Regular price: $43.22

    • Sunrise Alley

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    When a shipwrecked stranger washed up on the beach near research scientist Samantha Bryton's home, she was unaware that he was something more than human. He said his name was Turner Pascal - but Pascal was dead, killed in a car wreck. This man only held the remainder of Pascal's consciousness in a technologically enhanced humanoid body.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just so-so

    • By Claudia on 04-27-08

    Regular price: $20.76

    • Alpha

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Charon, a ruthless criminal and practitioner of illegal robotics, has died, and General Thomas Wharington believes his team has deleted all the electronic copies the inventor created of himself. But one major problem remains: Alpha, the sole survivor of Charon's cybernetic empire. Outwardly indistinguishable from a human woman, Alpha has superhuman capabilities, some of which are still unknown. Wharington's superiors want her dismantled and studied, but to Wharington, it feels like murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Did not want the story to end

    • By jag on 11-30-11

    Regular price: $17.61

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