• The Golden Queen

  • The Golden Queen, Book 1
  • By: David Farland
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Series: Golden Queen, Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-01-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Insectoid Dronons have slain the queen Semarritte, throwing into chaos the ten thousand worlds over which she reigned. Desperate to save mankind, Lord Veriasse, Semarritte's near-immortal consort, has created a new queen: Everynne, cloned from her dead mother. Born to rule, Everynne instead is on the run, often only one planet ahead of advancing forces of the invaders, who recognize that Everynne is a powerful rallying point for threatened humanity.Hotly pursued by the dronons and their armed forces, the Vanquishers, Everynne falls in with cocky bodyguard Gallen O'Day; the pious Orick, an intelligent black bear; and the beautiful orphan, Maggie Flynn. With these new allies sworn to her service, the young queen begins the great struggle against the aliens. Leaping from world to world via an ancient system of instantaneous transport gates, the heroes face terrible dangers and great wonders as they seek the heart of the Dronon worlds, carrying the battle straight to the enemy.
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Critic Reviews

"This book is so mature in its sensibility, so strong in its artistry, so deep in its invention that most of us who write science fiction would be proud to have such a novel as the culmination, not the beginning of our career." (Orson Scott Card)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brad Swift on 12-31-12

Captivating Story

I thoroughly enjoyed The Golden Queen. It had the winning combo of an interesting and varied setting, fascinating three-dimensional characters and a captivating storyline. Perhaps it was having a bear as one of the main characters but I found the story reminded me of The Golden Compass. I also found the narration very well done. The varied accents of the narrator made it easy to keep the characters apart without being over stated or distracting. An overall well done reading/listening experience.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 10-12-12

A Strong Opening Book To A Galaxy-Spanning Trilogy

If you follow scifi and fantasy writers, you know that David Farland can write, and write well. But...

Is THIS first book in the Golden Queen trilogy more of the same? I am happy to report that it most definitely is just that - An engaging, solid noteworthy first of three books.

This audiobook will capture your imagination, and actually trick you a bit. At first, you'll be completely convinced that it's a fantasy novel. Later, you'll realize that it's actually high scifi. What begins on one world and its diverse peoples and animals (talking bears, for instance), quickly moves to gateways between worlds and human and insect galactic civilizations at war. There are heroes, heroines, anti-heroes, twists, turns, plots, discovery, and ultimately enjoyment.

I found myself easily pulled into this broad, sweeping epic, and when that happens, the author has achieved his or her desire - The reader has been pulled into a world totally designed by the author, and in doing so, suspends reality in lieu of the story.

I liked this audiobook very much, and recommend it highly to you, my fellow Audible listener.

Step forward through the gate, and begin your journey.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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