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!"
©2010 Michael Cobley (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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"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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1 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 09-11-2011

Just plain BAD

Fragmented, juvenile, unbearable, and just plain BAD. The performance was childish, I could not finish listening in any way.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By carl on 09-03-2011

A fun ride

Without doubt space opera in the grandest tradition of the genre. Michael Cobley has created layered, textual imagery that is vastly entertaining and I am eagery awaiting the next installment which audible will hopefully make available soon. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the reader used some very annoying accents and voices that detracted from the story, including one that sounded so much like Alec Guinness in Star Wars I kept waiting for him to tell one of the other characters to "Feel the Force". In addition, some of the Scot's brogue he used was so thick I had to rewind it to make out what was said. Minor annoyances aside though, it was a huge fun and well worth the credit

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-03-2011

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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3 out of 5 stars
By M on 27-10-2012


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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