Summertide : The Heritage Universe

  • by Charles Sheffield
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • Series: The Heritage Universe
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years.Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who studied artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that she might find the Builders themselves. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers - if they were hiding on Quake, he would find them.Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

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deadliest dull reader of all time

I've had this book for about 2 years. In that time, i have tried I dunno how many times to listen to it. I can't, I just can't; the reader is so deadly dull, so completely monotonous, lacking in inflection, lacking change of voice or pacing or character or anything whatsoever that if you showed his performance on a graph, it would look like this:

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I have no idea what the book is like so i gave it a mid-grade, figuring that won't really help or hurt it. Wish I could give the performance negative stars. Geoffrey could be reading a phone book, and it wouldn't sound much different. No, that's not true, the phone book would be more interesting, probably; at least there'd be the change from numbers to words & back. Bore-you-to-tears dull. Bore-you-to-death dull. But not, oddly, bore-you-(or at least em)-to-sleep dull; he's so boring that I can't even use the book as a way to distract me from the roiling stresses of life & lull me to sleep. It's so impossible to keep my focus on the book that the real world keeps slithering back into my conscious.
Oh, how I wish I'd returned this dog.
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- Kelly Howard

Not that word again!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If I had to listen to the word summertide again, I was going to scream. It was played up as some secret, but, everyone knew about it and it wasn't something that they were playing it up for.


Has Summertide turned you off from other books in this genre?

It was everything I could do to finish the book. I finally ran out of new books that I was listening to, still had a long trip to finish, and decided to try and finish this one. ugh....No way would I go after another book in this series. I shutter at the possibility of Wintertide.


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- William D. Wood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2003
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.