• Serpent's Reach

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-24-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (79 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

The constellation of Hydri, also called the Serpent, became an undesirable destination during the era of humanity's most prolific interstellar colonization. For Hydri was under strict quarantine because it harbored an intelligent and dangerous alien race, the insectoid majat. Yet human colonies predating the quarantine did exist in this sector of space, which they called Serpent's Reach. Cut off from others of their own kind, they had their own inbred culture and special relationships with the alien majat.
Raen was the only survivor of the massacred Sul family, and she had made a pledge to devote her life to seeking vengeance for her slain clan. Her thirst for revenge would take her not only across the worlds of the Reach, but into the very center of an alien webwork that knit the stars of the forbidden constellation into a complex of interbred alien hives that no outsider could hope to unravel, and where most of humanity dared not go.
©1980 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"For interesting aliens, try Cherryh's Serpent's Reach. In it she has created what may be the first sympathetic hive mind in SF. Cherryh has successfully avoided almost all the mystic pseudoscience claptrap inspired in her predecessors by Earth's social insects. She has achieved a Hive intelligence that makes sense. I congratulate her and I look forward to her attempt to top it." ( Analog)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 01-21-14

Take a trip

I am a long time SF fan and I’ve read all of CJ Cherryh’s books because she is among the top SF authors ever. Now I have the pleasure of listening to them as well. While she is famous for series, such as Faded Sun, Chanur, and her epic and unequaled Foreigner series, she has written many stand-alone jewels as well. Serpent’s Reach is one of those stand-alone jewels. Take a trip with Ms. Cherryh to a far away culture and meet an alien species. You will not be disappointed. The narrator did a fabulous job.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Camillia on 08-12-12

This narrator really took me on a journey!

What did you love best about Serpent's Reach?

I'm not usually a fan of Sci-fi but I just finished listening to "Serpent's Reach" and I couldn't be more enthusiastic! I think hearing it aloud aided by the smooth voiced & expressive narrator, who really brought it to life. Everything about this book - the plot, the characters, the message, was riveting. I was drawn into a world that was so different than mine that I felt that I'd been transported and it's just what I needed to lose myself! I love how the author intertwines serious issues about conformity versus independence with far out situations and characters. I didn't know I liked sci-fi until this book but I'm so glad audible and it's excellent narrator brought it to life for me! It's now on my recommend list!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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4 out of 5 stars
By joyce on 07-31-16

Great read

C J Cherryh is a very good story teller, this recording is quite good, I have read the book and have enjoyed hearing it I can recommend both this recording and the book very well written

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 07-28-14

Another great book ruined by terrible reading!

Would you try another book written by C. J. Cherryh or narrated by Romy Nordlinger?

All of C J Cherryh's books are great. This one could have been a really good audio book but is narrated so badly that it is barely listenable.

Would you be willing to try another one of Romy Nordlinger’s performances?


If this book were a film would you go see it?


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