Helliconia Spring

  • by Brian Aldiss
  • Narrated by Christopher Slade
  • 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set on the Earth-like planet Helliconia, this is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilization over more than a thousand years.
The great drama of life on Helliconia is shaped by its cosmic limitations. In fierce contrasts of climate, whole seasons last for centuries and civilizations rise and fall as the planet orbits the giant sun Freyr every 3000 years.
Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science-fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999. Brian Aldiss recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is still writing, to ardent applause.


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Reaaallllyyy sloooooowwww start - good finish.

Started really, really slow with new vocabulary and alien references that are hard to follow in audio format. Just finished listening to it - after working on it for a year, because it was so slow to start. Once I got over the hump however (about 1/2 way through) the story lines started to come together. I am buying the follow on because it got to be a good story - very Pillars of the Earth / Ken Follett.
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- Greg Bazar

Incredible world creation...

I am finding this book to be amazing as a feat of world creation - it reminds of Dune as far as the attention to and depth of detail of the society and setting. The narration and audio production values are good, but I generally prefer narration to be unobtrusive - I can forget I am listening and just go with the story. So that's my definition of "good" narration...
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios