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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,019 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin J. Anderson Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781440780967
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An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy. The Klikiss, a now-extinct alien civilization, left behind vast technological information that has been discovered by two xenoarchaeologists. One discovery, a device that converts gas planets into life-giving suns is quickly put to the test with unimaginable results. Arising out of the test is a new alien species that threatens every human. Mankind is left with the dim reality-either fight the new alien life form or face humiliation, death and extinction. This riveting adventure swings you from one wondrous realm to another as the Hidden Empire is sought after and exposed. Anderson has created a gripping beginning to what will surely be his best series yet. George Guidall has returned a stellar performance and brought these characters to life in vivid detail. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 2/16/2014

    " potential to be a great space opera, but not quite there yet. have to see what vol II brings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Musante | 2/8/2014

    " The writing seemed far too simplistic. The characters were thinly drawn, and the universe too sparse to get into. When building universes, they must be thick and meaty, and Anderson seems to believe that the key to world-building is adding extra adjectives in. This book did not work for me and I gave up after about 50 pages or so. Two stars instead of one due to the fact that the writing was competent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moses Operandi | 2/3/2014

    " Ordinarily, I have no problem with tall, sad-eyed, green-skinned (from subcutaneous chlorophyll) priests who communicate instantly across the galaxy by means of the WorldTree. But when combined with characters I'd rather slap a few times than read about, arrogant aliens giving humanity a lesson for being so precocious (with the tacit approval of the author) and poor, stilted narrative, they become unbearable. Go away, you green-skinned freaks!! I don't want to hear about benevolent old King Frederick of the Terran Hanseatic League and all his foibles!! I don't want to hear about the Klikiss torch that turns has giants into suns!! Out, specter of poor science fiction!! I expel thee in the name of Orson Scott Card!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Riggs | 1/23/2014

    " This is definitely a page turned for me. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/22/2014

    " This book was a lot of fun to read. Very exciting. This is the first book in a series of seven. The seventh one doesn't come out until July. I realy don't like sci-fi but Anna talked me into it as she has read the first six and is eagerly awaiting the seventh. I resisted at first but then since I am the boss everywhere EXCEPT at home I had no choice. She was right...she's always right. This is a big book and I can't believe how fast I ripped through it. Those who know me know that I only read on the can and with this one I found myself still flying through pages long after my legs fell asleep. Anna just picked up the second book for me and I can't wait to get on the throne tomorrow morning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Wolber | 1/21/2014

    " 3 stars because it took me four years and as many tries to get to the end. Good ending though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Chrisman | 1/18/2014

    " I love this entire series of books. A great space opera. It is a universe when humans are the new kids on the block. Lots of twists and turns where just when hoi think the enemy is defeated, a new one arrives. This series is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/3/2014

    " While this started slow, by the middle of the book I was well and truly hooked. I can't wait to get vol. 2 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doug | 11/28/2013

    " absolute tosh, i only got half way through before giving up in disgust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/16/2013

    " An excellent bit of space opera; rich in characters and ideas. I'm not sure whether to be glad or annoyed that there are 6 more books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Surber | 11/15/2013

    " Excellent, and grand in scale, sci-fi saga. More character depth and less techie than many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traceychapman | 11/12/2013

    " hooked book 2 here i come lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Newell | 6/2/2013

    " Great read. Fast, exciting, new. An empire has formed. A whole new life is ahead in the vastness of space and the world as we once knew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ziona | 3/4/2013

    " AMAZING. I loved it. My friend recommended it to me and I was skeptical because it was another book with many points of view, and one about a space odyssey no doubt, but I got so engrossed in this book that I gobbled it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davith | 8/9/2012

    " I love this series. I found this judging a book by its cover in Sussex Stationers and it turned out to be a gem "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 12/18/2011

    " Pretty good. Don't really read sci-fi. Def hooked on finishing the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remontoire Joris | 8/18/2011

    " Very, very slow start. Hope book #2 is a bit faster. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jannell | 8/13/2011

    " Interesting alien species, culture and worlds. Seems to recycle sci-fi themes that have been written about already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/17/2011

    " I love this entire series of books. A great space opera. It is a universe when humans are the new kids on the block. Lots of twists and turns where just when hoi think the enemy is defeated, a new one arrives. This series is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 5/11/2011

    " I loved the Dune prequels so I thought I'd try this series. It's OK and good enough to continue for now (I'm reading Book 2 now) but it's not the page turner the Dune prequels were. I'm on the fence about whether to continue after finishing Book 2. It might depend on how that book ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 3/27/2011

    " a bit twisty at times, but a great kick-off to the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 3/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed the book. I appreciated the narrator. I think Kevin has created some great characters and intriguing concepts. I loved his Midnight Oil nod. Good book. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 12/27/2010

    " Promising beginning to a series that, unfortunately, doesn't pan out. Knowing that does tarnish somewhat my opinion of the first book, but only up to a point. It remains true that an excellent series could have unfolded from here.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/9/2010

    " Kind of a mash up of the Star-wars and Dune universes but a lot of fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gavin | 11/28/2010

    " Other than the last 20-30 pages of the book being a glossary/preview/etc, so I thought there was more to read than there was, it was good. Will eventually pick up the rest of the series to find out what is going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 11/9/2010

    " Very readable science-fiction, not too technical. Focuses on character and storyline. Not sure if he'll be able to keep the pace for the six other novels in the series, but I'm looking forward to number 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terence | 10/31/2010

    " Really solid SF story, alot of different angles.

    The only downside for some people might that the first book takes ages to really get going, due to so many characters being introduced.

    I personally like that im a sucker for long story's. "

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About the Author
Author Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author. Copies of his books number over twenty million and appear in thirty languages—among them the bestselling prequels to Dune, cowritten with Frank Herbert’s son Brian. He has written more than forty national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula, Bram Stoker, and SFX Readers’ Choice Awards.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.