A Hunger for the Infinite : Galactic Center

  • by Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by Robin Sachs
  • Series: Galactic Center
  • 1 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.


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I never thought I could be so creeped out by robots. The antagonists of this futuristic sci-fi novella are called "Mechs." They see humans as vermin, and the author luridly describes some of the tortures they inflict upon the human race. Even more disturbing than the grotesque and perverse artworks created by the Mantis, a mech that is trying to understand humanity (literally from the inside out), is the voice that the narrator gives to the character. It is calm and polite, almost soothing, as it talks of "harvesting" humans. Eeek!

I thought this novella was great. The language is definitely poetic and sometimes slightly vague, alluding to things that are left unsaid. The mood is cold and dark, but also witty and elegant. There were moments of extreme beauty and elation, but also chilly fear.

This novella is not warm, and its not really friendly. It explores some frightening and complex themes. If you need obvious story telling with copious amounts of dialogue, you will probably not enjoy this story. I loved it. The narrator is excellent. I will be purchasing all available books from this author.
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- Michale "Looking for complex, believable characters, an engaging storyline, and good narration! Fan of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and horror."

Definitely worth downloading

This free 1 ½ hour novella will allow you to decide if the Galactic Center Series is worth perusing.

Personally I will not be getting any more books in this series but this is a case where you shouldn’t be relying on reviews.

Go ahead and download it. If you do not like it you are out no money and only a little time.
If you do like it you not only received a free novella, you now know of a series of six books that are probably your cup of tea.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios