Tales of Telenia : Tales of Telenia

  • by Lorraine Bartlett
  • Narrated by Steven Barnett
  • Series: Tales of Telenia
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amanda Shelton is clever, adventurous, and tough - and she's going to have to be, because she just crash landed on a world where her saviors might really be her enemies. It takes fierce determination to prevent the people of this frightening and unfamiliar place from stealing her shuttle technology, or from imprisoning her while they do it. Yet what she knows could save countless innocent lives - including those who keep this world safe. Facing this terrible test of spirit will take everything Amanda has.... If she survives at all.


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No Meat!?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

With friends we always discuss what kind of book they are looking for, so if this fit the parameters, then sure. A few friends are often looking for a light scifi/fantasy blend!

Would you recommend Threshold to your friends? Why or why not?

With friends we always discuss what kind of book they are looking for, so if this fit the parameters, then sure. A few friends are often looking for a light scifi/fantasy blend!

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

Not particularly, though I think I'm conditioned to podcast style listening bursts. Half an hour at a time was decent.

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This was an interesting tale of how Amanda crashes on some appalling planet alone – no shipmates able to survive the ordeal, leaving Amanda helpless to the whims of Prince Paxton. Coming from a time and place where Amanda’s skills and intelligence were recognised for what they are, she’s now in a place where women have no say. She eventually has to come to terms with the fact that Prince Paxton is her best chance of getting some kind of freedom, though with this comes the fact she is only of interest to him for her body and for breeding purposes – not for her intelligence.

This book is soft science fiction, with much more of a fantasy edge, especially during the parts where Amanda is marooned on the planet. Though she came there on a space ship she’s then trapped on a planet where they have zero technology, eat very basic natural foods (though no meat!), and have limited medical abilities.
Told in two parts this book opens with Amanda talking to her young son, entrancing him with The Story – one that he sees as a bedtime story, but is actually the story of how she came to be on that planet.

You really get the depth of how unfair this is for Amanda, who was a medical technician and was far more used to women having rights – this also brings to light just how close we are from a time when this insulting view of women was common place.

This is the first piece of work from Lorraine Bartlett that I’ve come across, as well as that of the narrator, for I listened to the audio version.

Thank you to Steven (narrator) for my review copy.

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- Katharine (ventureadlaxre)

a fine new SF/R sure to please readers

THRESHOLD: Tales of Telenia, by Lorraine Bartlett ****
Reviewed by Judy Griffith Gill

Ms. Bartlett's new series begins with THRESHOLD. This book is both well-written and tightly plotted with believable characters and fun dialogue.. Once I began listening, I couldn't turn it off. Amanda, a med-tech from a technologically advanced Earth lands on an alien planet when her shuttle is sucked through a spacial anomaly. The part of Telenia where she regains consciousness is singularly medieval in its attitudes toward women, and Amanda is not willing to be dictated to, even by the haughty, demanding crown prince, Paxton, or maybe, especially by him. She hears stories that other districts don't have such draconian rules and is determined to escape to one of them. Prince Paxton is equally determined not to permit her departure.

Steven Barrett's presentation of this book truly enhances an already eminently enjoyable story with the versatility of voices he can produce. Never is there any doubt which character is speaking, or what that character's state of mind might be. I, for one, can't wait to listen to the rest of The Tales of Telenia.

DISCLAIMER: I was given an audible copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review. I am not personally acquainted with the author, though I have read and enjoyed previous books in her body of work.
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- Judy Griffith Gill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2015
  • Publisher: Lorraine Bartlett