The Many-Colored Land

  • by Julian May
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 16 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction.
When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years.
In the early 22nd century, many humans are being born with psychic powers and are linked in a single galactic mind. Those without these psychic powers - the misfits, undesirables, criminals, and radicals - have a choice: mental reprogramming or exile. Exile, voluntary or otherwise, takes them back six million years, to a time between the extinction of dinosaurs and the rise of Homo sapiens, and to a time of exotic surprises and unknown dangers.
Julian May lives in Washington state and has been writing science fiction and fantasy for more than 30 years.


What the Critics Say

The Many-Colored Land…takes readers on an amazing journey from the distant future to the distant past, using unexpected routes all along the way…A tremendously original premise; fast-paced storytelling that defies predictability; and a sympathetic and well-rendered cast of characters.” (
“The Many-Colored Land is the first volume of one of the most impressive science fiction series I have read.” (


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Customer Reviews

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About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May

This is the first time I have heard this narrator and I like her! She does a good job bringing the dialogue to life. This first book of the series is necessarily a slow starter as it establishes that back-story for the caste of characters that will embody the ensuing story for several books that follow. Despite this, I found it interesting, largely thanks to the narrator.

This has been one of my favorite Sci-Fi series since I was a teenager. I have been wondering when it would be converted to audio and I hope Audible converts the rest of The Saga of The Pliocene Exile series, along with the prequels: The Surveillance, Intervention, and The Galactic Milieu series. Very cool look into man's possible evolution.
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- Jon

The start of a well-realized universe

I first read all of Julian May's Pliocene Exile series and related Galactic Milieu series decades ago. Periodically I've checked to see if any were turned into audiobooks and finally, the first has been! It's always dicey to listen to a well-loved book -- will the narrator do it justice? Will you hear something new in the narrator's interpretation? I must say, I'm delighted with Bernadette's reading/interpretation of the story. Yes, there are a lot of characters and it may be a tad challenging to follow the first time. Stick with it - the story just gets richer and richer, and the characters evolve in unexpected ways. The worst thing will be waiting for the rest of the series....Blackstone Audio, don't keep us waiting too long!
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.