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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Saberhagen Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Berserker Series Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781455193981
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Master storyteller Fred Saberhagen continues his bestselling Berserker series, detailing humanity’s war with the dreaded juggernaut-like machines programmed to destroy all life in the galaxy.

On the Twin World planets, Prairie and Timber, Plenipotentiary Gregor is determined to serve his government—even if it means executing innocent Huvean hostages, invaders from another planet—and even though Gregor’s own granddaughter, Luon, is in love with a Huvean. But now the Berserkers are threatening the Twin Worlds, capturing the planets’ president and reprogramming his brain to suit their violent agenda. And only the Huveans, in a desperate reprieve, can save the Twin Worlds’ populace from annihilation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Berserkers…attain a kind of perverse stature that makes them worthy stand-ins for the dark side of human nature.”

    New York Times

  • “The Berserker stories are war stories, but war stories in the tradition of The Red Badge of Courage and All Quiet on the Western Front.”

    Baltimore Evening Sun

  • “Saberhagen’s Berserkers are not only a great literary invention, they also reflect our deep and real concerns about technology run amok.”

    Jack Williamson

  • “Saberhagen has given SF one of its most powerful images of future war in his Berserker series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The action and suspense remain abundant as ever.”


  • “One of the most interesting series in modern SF.”

    Science Fiction Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 9/28/2012

    " Great premise about killer space ships trying to destroy mankind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/1/2010

    " didn't quite love this series as much as the swords series but it kept me coming back for more. torn between 3 and 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 10/30/2010

    " A great sci-fi book from my youth (8th or 9th grade, I think). Wouldn't mind re-reading it, if I still had a copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 8/9/2010

    " I loved these books in junior high and high school. I just re-read this one, and had fun reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 8/6/2010

    " I loved these books in junior high. I just re-read this one, and quit liked it. Not great fiction but fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 11/11/2009

    " Interesting take. Wandering doomsday weapons from an older civilization confront man. I read these years ago...they span from the most serious to open comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 3/15/2009

    " I read this when I was a teen. I enjoyed re-reading it and is a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/17/2009

    " I read four of these in as many days while nursing a sprained ankle. Made the time go a lot faster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/15/2009

    " This was a nice uplifting story of life versus simple robotic forces to destroy it. "

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About the Author
Author Fred Saberhagen

Fred Thomas Saberhagen (1930–2007), a native of Chicago, served with the US Air Force then worked as an electronics technician and as a science writer and editor for the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He began writing science fiction for Galaxy in 1961. His first novel, The Golden People, was published in 1964. He is most renowned for the Berserker series of stories and novels.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.