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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Catteni Sequence Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597103114
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When Kris Bjornsen and her fellow slaves were dumped on an uninhabited planet by the alien overlords called Catteni, there was no guarantee they would survive. Without the help of Zainal, a renegade Catteni exiled by his own people, they might all have been food for the predators of the new world. But they did survive, building a civilization and a home on the planet they named Botany. In time they were instrumental in driving the Catteni away from Earth and neighboring planets. Botany is free now, and so is the devastated Earth.

The survivalist days are over, and the time has come for Botany to find its place in the power struggles of the newly configured universe. As an agricultural planet, rich in resources, Botany has more to offer than the colonists may have thought. A trip to Earth shows Kris and Zainal very dramatically how weakened the home planet is after years of Catteni domination, and how much Earth needs what Botany can give. Other worlds too have had their wealth skimmed away by the Catteni: the nearby planet of Barevi is little more than a corrupt bazaar, where bits and pieces of Earth's once powerful technology can be traded for grain and mineral ores. Earth needs food, and the resources to rebuild. Botany needs technology—from solar satellite panels to simple batteries—and, some say, the will to protect itself from being overrun by refugees who may or may not have strength and skills. As alien influence fades, the people of Botany must decide what kind of world they will become.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Touching and humorous.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Masterly and memorable.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 1/5/2014

    " Definitely not Anne McCaffrey's best work. Good ideas, but somewhat jerky writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 12/4/2013

    " All in all, a disappointing addition to the series. Book 3 provided a satisfying conclusion. This audio version is also read only by one male reader, who was a good reader, but the jarring switch in Kris's voice is hard to enjoy after listening to such a brilliant female reader for the first three stories. Too many characters, not enough plot, and an altogether disappointing read, though....it's Anne McCaffrey...and a spark of the magic shines through now and again. Next reread, I'll stop at book 3. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zora | 11/30/2013

    " The first two books in this series were reliably pretty good s-f. The third book was mediocre. This, I assume, was awful but I couldn't finish it. It begins with a discussion of economics and treaties. Just when you think that is awful and it can't get much worse, it moves on to a discussion of dentistry. Want to know how a gold cap is made? Me neither. She was getting old by the time this was published, and I guess between the first book of the series and this, we can see deterioration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Cook | 11/29/2013

    " FINALLY finished this @#$%er. why she didn't end it as a trilogy is beyond me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/17/2013

    " What happens after the diverse settlers of Botany succeed in their revolution? They become obsessed with coffee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rodger | 11/10/2013

    " I wish there was more..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 10/6/2013

    " They have thought they were done fighting for freedom but found that they have to save the universe through ransom and finding something of value to the opressive society that wants to rule the universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/1/2013

    " This was my favorite of the series...I really got into all the post-intergalactic imprerialism trading (that sounds really nerdy, but it was interesting). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 9/5/2013

    " if you're into sci-fi then this is pretty interesting. i enjoyed this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ajtrans | 8/8/2013

    " Too much coffee!!! Not enough science fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Lujano | 6/29/2013

    " The book was good but it seems like it was a set up for the next one and there is no next one :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/13/2013

    " I really don't remember where this story went without looking it up, but I'm just partial to everything she's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Harshbarger | 8/8/2012

    " A wonderful conclusion to this quartet! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 6/13/2012

    " This series was never as good as its first book and this volume was a microcosm of the whole series. Okay science fiction. Not sure I read any more MCCaffrey after this work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/21/2012

    " Pleasant story. Not a lot of action. Doesn't really carry the series forward, but it was nice to see how everyone was doing. These are nice characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dori | 2/14/2012

    " I couldn't even finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 8/23/2011

    " Having thrown off the yolk of the Catteni, the people of Botany attempt to establish trade with Eartd and Barevi. Kris and her Catteni mate Zainal also try to find the locations of other planets where Earth disetants have been ddropped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick | 6/25/2011

    " Having thrown off the yolk of the Catteni, the people of Botany attempt to establish trade with Eartd and Barevi. Kris and her Catteni mate Zainal also try to find the locations of other planets where Earth disetants have been ddropped. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dori | 6/9/2011

    " I couldn't even finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/15/2010

    " This was my favorite of the series...I really got into all the post-intergalactic imprerialism trading (that sounds really nerdy, but it was interesting). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ajtrans | 7/19/2010

    " Too much coffee!!! Not enough science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/23/2010

    " The book was good but it seems like it was a set up for the next one and there is no next one :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/10/2010

    " I really don't remember where this story went without looking it up, but I'm just partial to everything she's written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 7/28/2009

    " Read the first 3, then skip this one. It's really weak, the whole plot centers around finding more coffee for the colony. Seriously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 6/14/2009

    " FINALLY finished this @#$%er. why she didn't end it as a trilogy is beyond me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/22/2008

    " This series was never as good as its first book and this volume was a microcosm of the whole series. Okay science fiction. Not sure I read any more MCCaffrey after this work. "

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About the Author
Author Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the numerous novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.