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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Sounds fine to me

A classic of SF which I haven't read in years. Great to experience it again. The reviews mentioning the poor quality reading almost put me off buying this: I'm so glad they didn't put me off altogether. She's fine. Maybe not the most talented reader but I have had no issues at all and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as an audiobook.
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- David

An unacknowledged classic.

I bought this book in paperback when it was first released in...I think...1982.

I instantly loved it and have lent it so many times to people over the years that I've lost count but few seem to like it and it think it comes down to the introduction. It's a little long winded and could lead you to think the book is dull. I admit the setup is a bit sedate but when the book really starts in the pliocene exile the story explodes in directions you aren't expecting. In sci fi terms this book starts a bit 2001 and ends up as Star Wars. On steroids. Wearing a kilt and with it's hair on fire.

The reader of this version does a good job. Some of her pronunciations are way off but that may be due to typos in the original text. I hope they release the rest of the Saga ASAP.
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- DarkSkies

Book Details

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