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Catherine Asaro, a physicist who combines believable hard science with first-rate storytelling, exploded onto the science fiction scene with her stellar debut novel, Primary Inversion. Now she brings us the third tale of the Skolian Empire, which AudioFile calls "a classic tale of power and conflict, with a twist." When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!
©1997 Catherine Asaro; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Stuart on 05-11-10

Reader in a bit of a hurry

I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it in print form, but I just couldn't get past the reader. Her enunciation was clear and her natural voice was great, but at many points her lack of phrasing served to drain the dramatic tension from the scenes. There was no concept of a pause when it was needed, and as mentioned previously, the male voices were just hard to listen to. The listening experience would have been fine or even good had she just spoken the male parts in her natural voice, and slowed down the reading pace where appropriate. I will continue to enjoy this author but likely will choose those books read by others. I'd be willing to try this reader again if she's revised her technique or reads a book who's narritive style is better suited for her.

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By Ronald on 12-30-09

Not sure what the otheres are thinking

I very much enjoyed this book, I can't understaqnd why most of the other reviews are so critical. This book like most of Catherine Asaro books are complex. She develops the Characters and no not every book has to be full of blood and guts to be interesting. I think this book like almost all of her books may not be as easy of a read as some but it is worth the investment. Excellent Job Catherine.

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