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.
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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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- Kindle Customer
Like other reviewers I first read this series many years ago and was delighted to find it had been recorded. I would highly recommend this writer to both hard-line sci-fi readers and those who would usually skip over this category. It does take a while to get going with a lot of characterisation and scene setting. Persevere, the pace soon picks up. I just hope that the ?powers? do not take too long before publishing the audio editions of the rest of the series ? not to mention the associated series ?The Galactic Mileau.?
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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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Long overdue, but could be better...
As a huge fan of Julian May and in particular her Saga of the Pliocene Exile series of books, I have been searching in vain for the books in audiobook format for a long time and so was delighted when I saw that this criminal omission had finally been addressed. Now that the first book in the series, The Many-Colored Land, has been published, I hope it will not be too long before the rest are made available.
As you would expect, the audiobook itself follows the book to the letter and I felt that same familiar thrill of being transported back in time to the Pliocene era, with all its many wonders, that I felt upon first reading the book back in the 1980s.
The only thing that lets the book down, hence only 4 stars, is the narrator who, for me, fails to bring the characters to life. In particular, it is often hard to tell which character is speaking as the narrator's voice sounds very similar for each one, which is a huge shame as all of the characters in the book are expertly depicted by Julian May in such depth that you can feel yourself becoming drawn into their world.
In addition, I am no language expert, but the narrator's pronunciation of some of the French words is poor and in general her reading of the book is just a bit flat and fails to capture the magic and wonderment of life in the Pliocene Epoch that Julian May is trying to portray. This Science Fantasy classic deserves better!
I hope these shortcomings will be addressed if and when the remaining books are published in audiobook format - surely very soon... please!
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- P. J. Williams
I loved this book when I first read it (erm was it really 1/4 century ago!) I devoured it in almost a single sitting and desperately grabbed the next book in the series. This recording is well overdue and I'm now bereft as the rest aren't available yet!
Its a sweeping tale of far future and distant past with excellent characters and a story which covers a large cast of characters and what seems to be fashionably called 'interlocking story arcs' by TV writers these days.
Please release the rest of the series as soon as possible
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when will we get the rest of the set.
Any additional comments?
This book is a good story, however, it requires the rest of the series to flesh out the characters and story lines.
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Many colored land
What did you like most about The Many-Colored Land?
Good story and kept up a good pace to listen to. Just the type of SF I like.
What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?
Good characterisation and easy to listen to.
Any additional comments?
WHERE are the next two volumes?
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The Many Coloured Land
I read this series over 25 years ago, when I was 15 or 16. It has been one of my favourite series of books since then and I've recommended it to many friends, who've enjoyed it as well. It was one of the first books I searched for when I first joined Audible, so it was lovely to see it listed recently.
Don't be put off by some of the more negative reviews, everyone is entitled to their opinions and I respect them, but I found no problem with the narrator and her characterisation. In fact, whenever I start listening to a new audiobook, I always find a switch in narrator quite a jarring experience, no matter what their quality - especially if I've just finished enjoying a good listen.
This book is well read and entertaining and I'm looking forward to listening to the next three in the series when they're released. The story gets more exciting as you move into the next two books (it is a four book series)so I think if you like this one, you'll certainly want the next ones.
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It's great to see this classic gets rediscovered. I read them years ago and so it's a rediscovery for me too. The characters are wonderful and will stay with you.
The other reviewers were a bit down on the reading. I don't find it bad at all. The different characters are given a voice without overdoing it.
Can't wait for the next volumes.
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A must-hearclassic but the narrator.....
This is one of those books that until now was curiously and scandalously absent from the Audible library. It is a sci-fi/fantasy classic in every sense of the word and is highly recommended to everyone who likes either genre.
So why only four stars? The narrator is quite utterly the wrong one - very poor and it is only a sign of the story's strength that her errors and flat voice can be ignored.
She is unable to pronounce much of the French that Julian May uses and even many an English word like 'epoch' elludes her too. She fails miserably to inject personality or different 'voices' into any of the characters which I would expect a professional reader to do, and the whole delivery detracts from this excellent novel.
It would be great if the publishers would change the narrator NOW, before the next instalment of this story and then re-record this one. It would be a scandal to put people off this book because of the wrong narrator.
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