Seeds of Earth : Humanity's Fire

  • by Michael Cobley
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Humanity's Fire
  • 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First contact: the dream that became a nightmare when the first alien life encountered swarmed locust-like through the solar system. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable.
With little hope of halting the invading forces, Earth's last, desperate roll of the die was to send out three colony ships - seeds of Earth - to different parts of the galaxy. Earth may perish, but the human race would live on, somewhere.
Fully 150 years later, the human colony on the planet Darien has established a new world for humanity and forged a peaceful relationship with the planet's indigenous race, the gentle, scholarly Uvovo. But there are secrets buried on Darien. Life is about to change for the last children of Earth, as surprises spring from below and above. How will the Darien colonists react when all they have worked for is overturned at a stroke? And what choices will the Uvovo make when their true nature is revealed - and the skies grow dark with enemies?
From the author: "Audible did a great job with the audiobooks of Seeds Of Earth and The Orphaned Worlds - and David Thorpe is one versatile guy, able to lend his vocal talents to every strange character I was able to think up. Just excellent!"

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What the Critics Say

"Proper galaxy-spanning Space Opera... a worthy addition to the genre." (Iain M. Banks)
"A complex, finely detailed thriller-cum-space opera." (The Guardian)

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Bringing It To Life

The narration for this book is just absolutely amazing. The reader has an unbelievable facility with accents and voices. That works especially well for this book, where the premise is that earth has been overrun by aliens, and ships have been sent out--the 'seeds of earth'--to preserve humanity. Just a fantastic story, and one that's really brought to life by the talents of the reader here.
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Techno-Gaia?

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was extremely well read by David Thorpe who brought the vast range of characters to life. The book itself would be well suited for a younger reader I think (I'm 37 but still in touch with my 16 year old self) as against other current Space Operas The Seeds of Earth feels a bit tame; it lacks the visceral brutality of Neal Asher or the scathing wit of Iain M. Banks but the universe(s) are well realised and the politics, drama and science are quite satisfyingly complex. In short, even though I wouldn't claim this as a classic, I'll be carrying on the series (in audiobook form) because whatever it may lack it's still a lot of fun.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios