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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space.
Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.
©1987 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Outstanding!…The best ever, by the best in the field…The ultimate combination of imagination and realism.” (Tom Clancy)
The Legacy of Heorot is well written, action packed, and tension filled…Makes Aliens look like a Disney nature film.” (Washington Post)
“Page-turning action and suspense, good characterization, and convincing setting…May be the best thing any of those authors has written.” (Denver Post)
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By Thomas on 12-05-12

Great read!

I read this one years ago, asked staff to consider recording it, they did. Hearing it was even better than reading it. The characters and theme are developed with great care.

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By Chris on 03-04-13

Damn Great Book

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

Absolutely, I read this few years ago, and listening to it performed brings an entirely different element to it.

What did you like best about this story?

I love colonization books, and this one is one of the best thought out plots/story I think I have seen.

What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

something to do with grendels and their speed I am sure

Any additional comments?


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Alan R on 07-18-16

Possibly one of the best sci-fi yarns, ever.

I first read this on publication back in the 1980's and enjoyed it then. I have re-purchased and re-read with gusto over the intervening years.

The story is undeniably good, the plot excellent, the tension inexorable.

The narrator I at first thought work-a-day, but he turned out to be very, very, good.

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By Pete Cadwell on 10-03-15


More than one narrator would of been better for the female voices. c:

but overall good.

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