Transcendence : The Heritage Universe

  • by Charles Sheffield
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • Series: The Heritage Universe
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Zardalu are back.... The search for the Builders, the legendary alien race whose unfathomable constructs continue to perplex scholars and explorers alike, has led Builder expert Darya Lang, adventurer Hans Rebka, and treasure hunters Louis Nenda and Atvar H'sial to an unknown Builder artifact far outside the spiral arm. There they find the Zardalu, once the greatest menace ever known to the worlds of the spiral arm, enslaving entire races and exterminating others, guided by the unswerving belief in their own supremacy. The only chance to eliminate the Zardalu threat is to find them all and wipe them out before they have time to breed back up to strength and once again threaten civilized beings everywhere. But the way will not be easy. Even if they manage to locate the Zardalu, they still have the Builders to deal with. For the closer they get to their quarry, the clearer it becomes that the Zardalu and their world are closely entwined with the fate, and the plans, of the Builders themselves.


What the Critics Say

"Sheffield's narrative is smooth, and the joys, pitfalls and dangers of exploration are conveyed well." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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The Heritage Universe series..THE BEST IN SCI-FI

I have read then all...all sci-fi authors for the past 50 years and this is one of the finest(TO ME..N0 1)..And audible has RECENTLY put out ,..for us.. the entire four book HERITAGE SERIES (unabridged) no less..of THE BEST OF this scientest's great works. This book is next to last of the them in order if you can..but each is really a masterpiece.
The author, is not only tops in the sci-fi field, but is a well educated physics, quantum mechanics, theoritacal phsyics.(cosmology to quantum mysteries and on) AND he incorporates this universal understanding and level of knowledge into his works!!!..Sci fi ...and beg the author for more!!
Prof. D.T.K (retired)
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- David

Even better than book 2

Transcendence is even better than the first two books in the Heritage series. I know some people like their books to move a little faster, but Sheffield liked to add detail to his writings. That detail may seem a bit long winded, but it helps you understand the story MUCH better, and you don't realize the detail added to the story until you reflect on the story a while.

Several times I found myself wishing it would move a bit faster, but then I realized it just because the story was so good I wanted to find out what happened next!

The Heritage series is probably not for people that like "light" Sci-fi, Sheffield wrote HARD sci-fi with a lot of detail and explanation about his Characters, planets, aliens, technology, etc.
The series is for intelligent adults, not the kiddies.

I just finished burning book 4 (Convergence, the final book in the series) and can't wait to listen to it... so I'm cutting this review short ;)

The narration, as always with this series, is VERY well done.
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- L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2003
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.