Heaven's Shadow : Heaven's Shadow

  • by David S. Goyer, Michael Cassutt
  • Narrated by Joe J. Thomas
  • Series: Heaven's Shadow
  • 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The science-fiction epic of our time has arrived.
Three years ago, an object 100 miles across was spotted on a trajectory for Earth's sun. Now, its journey is almost over. As it approaches, two competing manned vehicles race through almost half a million kilometers of space to reach it first. But when they both arrive on the entity, they learn that it has been sent toward Earth for a reason. An intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And the message is: Help us.


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Customer Reviews

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The story unravels then just stops

I loved the premise. The story started out just fine . . . but then credibility was strained, and it became clear that the authors did not know where to go with the story they had crafted. That whole thing from the summary about "and they need our help" is just kind of thrown in there. It does not make sense, and it leads to nothing. When the book ended, I had to check to make sure that I had not accidentally hit fast forward or something, because the story just stops. It does not end, it just stops.

I listen to many books (5 per month on average). I only write reviews if the books are great or terrible (because, after all, most fall somewhere between).

This book started out well but unraveled so badly and so disappointingly that I would call it terrible.

If you like the genre, get something by Arthur C. Clark instead.
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- Frank

Good character based sci-fi

What did you love best about Heaven's Shadow?

The character development and dialog was good I thought. The narrator's spin on the various voices helped personify them as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harley - because he just seemed like one of those guys that act all bad-ass but is really a big softie.

Any additional comments?

The plot had a few holes in terms of being realistic and believable. If these creatures are so advanced why can't they directly communicate with us? Why do they even need our help?
Maybe that will be explained more in the next two books. But, in terms of a character based story it was very entertaining. The astronauts seemed to say the F-word a bit more than I would imagine they would, being professionals; it didn't really bother me (except I always had to have headphones on so the kids couldn't hear.)

The actual science wasn't bad either. I like how they addressed the fact that there was an 8 second delay in communications back to Earth for example.

If you can suspend disbelief and roll with the story, it was well written and entertaining. There were many characters but they were all well defined and all entertaining with their own unique personalities (if you can keep track of them all.) Joe J. Thomas did a spectacular job with the narration and added a whole new element to the story that wouldn't have been there if I simply read it myself. I loved his Harley voice.

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- Brian "I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio