The Rowan : The Tower and Hive

  • by Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by Jean Reed Bahle
  • Series: The Tower and Hive
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Told in the timeless style of Anne McCaffrey, The Rowan is the first installment in a wonderful trilogy. This is sci-fi at its best: a contemporary love story as well as an engrossing view of our world in the future.The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo, and people between Earth's Moon, Mars' Demos and Jupiter's Callisto.An orphaned young girl, simply called The Rowan, is discovered to have superior telepathic potential and is trained to become Prime Talent on Callisto.After years of self-sacrificing dedication to her position, The Rowan intercepts an urgent mental call from Jeff Raven, a young Prime Talent on distant Deneb. She convinces the other Primes to merge their powers with hers to help fight off an attack by invading aliens.Her growing relationship with Jeff gives her the courage to break her status-imposed isolation, and choose the more rewarding world of love and family.


What the Critics Say

"In this sensitive portrayal (expanded from the author's first published story, 'Lady in the Tower') McCaffrey draws a warm and vivid picture of a struggling frontier society." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting Story - Performance is lacking

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

I so wanted to enjoy this book but the "reader" is not a voice actor to the point that it is annoying for me being used to real talent in this area from other audible books. The performance is amateurish with often little or no emotion or believable speech patterns and other times exaggerated.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jean Reed Bahle?

Lisa Gardner

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not many

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- David

Rowan Rocks

What did you love best about The Rowan?

The development of this series is just awesome. Mixing space, telekinesis and teleporation with aliens and humans is a great combo!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rowan and Purza

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- T Evans

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio