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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Heorot Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781470835743
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A powerhouse trio of science fiction greats has united to further explore the planet Avalon, first introduced in their classic novel The Legacy of Heorot.

“Once upon a long, long time ago, our parents and grandparents left a place called Earth. They traveled across the stars in a ship called Geographic to find paradise.”

A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out to explore the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters that dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart.

Avalon does not give up her secrets easily, and some of those mysteries are wicked as sin and blacker than the grave.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Few writers have a finer pedigree than those here…As one might suspect, Beowulf’s Children is seamless…An absorbing, substantial, and finally rather masterful novel.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The authors create several unusual indigenous life-forms that make the mainland a fascinating place, and in-jokes designed to please SF fans are scattered throughout the narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This fast-paced, complex sequel to The Legacy of Heorot blends the talents of three top-notch science fiction raconteurs. Strongly defined characters and intriguing, speculative science make this novel an example of panoramic SF adventure at its best. A good choice as a stand-alone story or in combination with its predecessor.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes Metz | 2/15/2014

    " If you enjoyed Legacy of Heorot, you should like this sequel, which continues the story of the settlement of the planet Avalon, with a few new 'Avalon Surprises' added. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 2/12/2014

    " Cleopatra (the cat) arrives, terrorizes, make goal to finish first draft, scanning files, sick on last day of reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Retarius | 2/11/2014

    " Another sequel let-down. Not bad, but I yearned for it to be better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/6/2014

    " I read this book at least once a year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Israel | 1/31/2014

    " Not a terrible story by any means, but the gratuitous sex was a bit overdone. Also it is hard to believe that such educated and intelligent folk as the First would allow such actions as committed by the Second. If the Second were older the story would make more sense, but I do have a hard time seeing teenagers being able to plan such complex actions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hien | 1/30/2014

    " This is the sequel to The Legacy of Heorot. It's nowhere near as good as the original. The Grendels in the original had personality and were scary. The species that humans go up against in this one is some insect-like creatures. Even though they're just as deadly as the Grendels, they just don't evoke the same level of visceral fear like the Grendels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.R. Davis | 1/18/2014

    " The sci-fi emphasizes exobiology and the attempt at a utopian human colony on the planet Avalon. The planet comes alive in the description and the characters are interesting. But, how did three separate authors blend this all together? Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Keenan | 1/14/2014

    " grendels are cute "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Starr | 1/9/2014

    " I was bored to tears with this book and was only able to finish it as it was a birthday gift from my dad who thought I'd enjoy it. I did not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 1/8/2014

    " Reasonable as a sequel. Only read if you enjoyed original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/31/2013

    " Not as good as the preceding book, Legacy of Heorot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Vore | 12/5/2013

    " Not quite as good as Legacy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 11/28/2013

    " Much better than the first one in the series. The dynamics between the different generations add a lot more to what was previously just scary monster alien planet adventure story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett Anningson | 11/24/2013

    " This book started slow for me; and by that I mean about 2/3 of the way in it started to get interesting... then it seemed that the ending was rushed and not satisfactory... but it was still worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/24/2013

    " Beowulf's Children is the Sequel to The Legacy of Heorot, the settlers think they have figured out the planet and the next generation is ready to take over, they think, and the planet has some deadly surprises for them..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 11/6/2013

    " Not horrible, but I'd only bother to read if you quite enjoyed the first one. It's OK as a sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wetdryvac | 10/20/2013

    " Not nearly as solid as the first book in the series, reads rather as a contractual obligations book. Main flaws I found were in paired description sets timelining between, "What we arrived to see," And, "What we saw happening later," With minor inconsistencies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 10/10/2013

    " Disappointing sequel to Legacy of Heorot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Moats | 9/19/2013

    " ok but not great. pretty predictable. still entertaining "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Group_Captain_Lionel_Mandrake | 9/8/2013

    " I really liked the Legacy of Heorot. I was hoping that this would be that good. It wasn't. These guys also did the same thing with "THe Mote in God's Eye" and "The Gripping Hand." The former was GREAT! the latter, not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 6/29/2013

    " Sometimes a squeal can be almost as good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich Brown | 6/8/2013

    " This would've made a nice short story... it needs 350 pages chopped out. If I wanted a soap opera, I'd quit my job, buy some bon-bons, and sit at home with the other ladies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebrien | 5/29/2013

    " Found this one before Heorot. Good characterization. A love story. Good science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mattijs | 1/22/2013

    " Not as good as the legacy, but interesting enough for a sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derrick | 1/14/2013

    " sequel to Legacy of Heorot. The next generation, leaving the island of Camelot to explore the mainland of Avalon. New terrors, external and internal also. An intelligent grendel. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yolonda | 11/29/2012

    " I chose to read this book based on the authors' previous works alone. I felt it was an enaging read. I am always looking for something different and I was not disappointed. Good read! "

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About the Author
Author Larry Niven

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.