Scattered Suns : Saga of Seven Suns

  • by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • Series: Saga of Seven Suns
  • 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?Newly ascended to the Ildiran throne, Mage-Imperator Jora'h must quash the rebellion launched by his mad brother before the hydrogues destroy what is left of the empire. Assailed from all sides, Jora'h turns to his beloved half-human daughter, dispatching her on a desperate mission to make peace with the hydrogues.Hope for humanity now rests with Jess Tamblyn, who continues to seed worlds with the watery wentals, the mortal enemies of the hydrogues. And on the ravaged planet of Theroc, home to a telepathic worldforest, a dead man is resurrected to prepare for the arrival of mysterious new allies in the fight.But Chairman Basil Wenceslas's vendetta against the free-spirited Roamers has blinded him to danger closer to home - the soldier machines that make up the backbone of the Hansa fighting force. King Peter has long suspected that the compies, built with the help of the ancient Klikiss robots, cannot be trusted. Now the shocking proof comes when the Klikiss launch their long-planned extermination of all things flesh and blood. And in the ensuing battle, humans and Ildirans alike will face their darkest choices yet.

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What the Critics Say

"More on-the-edge-of-your-seat SF thrills....Anderson handles a huge cast and complicated plot with élan." (Publishers Weekly)
"David Colacci's youthful, mildly expressive voice is a plus....Lots of action here, and a fully realized universe." (AudioFile)

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Like nails on a chalkboard...

I initially felt like the last reviewer, thinking that this narrator would've probably been acceptable (even given the ridiculous accents) if I hadn't already listened to 60 hours of the previous, excellent narrator, and that I would hopefully get used to him eventually. The different name pronunciations were distracting, but not deal-breakers. UNTIL NOW! I just reached the part of the book where Tasia's compie "EA" comes into the story again. Amazingly, the narrator even manages to mispronounce this two letter name, saying "ee-aah", despite the fact that it states clearly in an earlier book that compies are referred to by the first two letters of their designation, and there are copious examples already mentioned ("U-R", "D-D", etc... I'm now worried to hear how these other compie names will be butchered by the narrator when they come up in the story again: "er" and "duh-duh" perhaps?) Although I'm only partway through Scattered Suns, everytime I hear "ee-aah" now, it is like nails on a chalkboard.

In the event that a change in narrator must take place in a series, it would take so little work by the production company to just have a flunkie listen to the first three volumes and make a list of pronunciations for the new narrator to increase consistency and to prevent embarrassing errors like this "ee-ahh" fiasco. They will end up with much happier consumers, and probably with a happier author as well.
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- Lori H "Lori H"

Very sad

I bought the first three books in the series. The narrator set the tone for the books and did a wonderful job. They changed narrators for the rest of the series. He pronounces character names wrong. There is cheesy conversation over radios. The "rube" roamers have a southern accent. The "intelligent" Ildirens have a UK accent. Very bad Narrator. I wish I could get a refund. The publisher should be ashamed. Doesn't the new narrator have to listen to the previous narrator? There has to be continuity. Don't buy this series. I bought the first 4 I guess I have to buy the last 2 but I spend all the time talking to my ipod correcting the pronunciation of the names.
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- Robert Oeding

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio