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Author: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Steven Barnes Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Heorot Series Release Date: October 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483068428

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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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  • “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

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Wes, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Keith, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Retarius, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Katherine, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Israel, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Hien, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - A.R., 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " grendels are cute "

    - Jeremy, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Starr, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Aaron, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - John, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not quite as good as Legacy "

    - Steven, 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Jason, 11/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Brett, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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..... "

    - Paul, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Aaron, 11/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Wetdryvac, 10/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Disappointing sequel to Legacy of Heorot. "

    - Jeffrey, 10/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Michael, 9/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Group_Captain_Lionel_Mandrake, 9/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Sometimes a squeal can be almost as good "

    - Rob, 6/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Rich, 6/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Ebrien, 5/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Mattijs, 1/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Derrick, 1/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - Yolonda, 11/29/2012

About the Author

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Award–winning author of science fiction short stories and novels, including the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times bestseller.

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 the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.