The Golden Queen : Golden Queen

  • by David Farland
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • Series: Golden Queen
  • 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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What the Critics Say

"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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KISS ME QUICK BIRDS

HIS EYES WERE AS HUGE AS A STALLIONS TESTICLES
BEARS NEED THE WOODS LIKE BIRDS NEED THE SKY
THE MAN IS SO CLEAN, IF YOU TOOK A BATH WITH HIM, YOU COULD USE HIM FOR SOAP.
IF SOMEONE LOOPED OFF YOUR HEAD, IT WOULD BE NO LOSS, YOUR GONADS WOULD DO ALL THE THINKING.
When this story starts out it, sounds like an amusing fantasy. It is funny and you meet some interesting characters, but before you get a chance to explore what seems to be an interesting world, we change worlds. The book goes from fantasy to Sci-Fi. The Science has lots of genetics, human sized insects, mind control, robots, etc..
Farland who wrote this book originally under the name Wolverton does not write Science Fiction as well as he writes fantasy. Though he has lots of gadgets and he explains them, it just does not come off as believable. He should have stuck to fantasy and explored the first world more completely before changing gears. It was an early novel and it reads like an early novel. Under the name Farland, he seems to write only fantasy and he sells more books. He is creative and has talent in writing fantasy. He also has plenty of cool one liners, as witness above.

The narrator does not help, his voice is too sweet and sounds like he is reading Dr. Seuss.

GOD, BE WITH YOU, FOR I SHALL NOT.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

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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- Brad Swift

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios