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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: Stephen Thorne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Galactic Empire Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781482973747
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Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin.

He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father, the highly respected Rancher of Widemos, has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father’s death and becomes entangled in an intricate saga of rebellion, political intrigue, and espionage.

The mystery takes him deep into space, where he finds himself in a relentless struggle with the power-mad despots of Tyrann. Now it is not just a case of life or death for Biron—it is a question of freedom for the galaxy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Science fiction on the larger scale is Isaac Asimov’s specialty…Clear writing and excellent suspense make this book a welcome addition to the science fiction lists.”

    New York Times

  • “This little novel will transport you back to a simpler time, when storylines we are jaded towards today were fresh and intoxicating, and that gosh-wow sense of wonder covered science fiction like a layer of fine, gold dust.”

    SFReviews.net

  • “Read by narrator Stephen Thorne, the story comes to life in an intimate reading as honest and straightforward as it is underplayed. Thorne doesn’t try to dazzle listeners with cheap thrills...His genuine reading will touch listeners with its sheer simplicity.”

    AudioFile

  • “Top writing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/18/2014

    " This book starts slow and I almost quit reading it. But I soldiered on and by the 3rd or 4th chapter it picked up and I could recognize it as a quintessential Asimov novel. Oddly enough, the end of the book was a bit too short and to the point. I felt like the last few chapters could have been fleshed out a bit more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wolf | 2/15/2014

    " Never read a review of this book. You'll spoil it. You can only read it once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/12/2014

    " This must be the most disappointing book by Asimov I've ever read. As imaginative and brilliant as he might have been, Asimov just wasn't that great at writing romance. But I think I'll forgive him, since I read that even he didn't like the book very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb Liu | 2/6/2014

    " Not one of Asimov's best probably accounting for the comparive rarity of this novel and it's counterparts in the Empire Series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory Hughart | 1/15/2014

    " I'm starting to get the feel for Asimov's writing style. His stories seem to fit to a predefined story arc. I guessed very early on what the "document from earth" was and I knew that, come the end, the hero would reveal hidden knowledge that he had worked out in his head, which would of course be true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pkiszk | 1/11/2014

    " I like the plot a lot, although the ending is too simple. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Du | 1/5/2014

    " I found this book a lot better written and thought out than the robot series. The characters had more flesh to them and the plot moved along logically. Great twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Keast | 12/31/2013

    " This is one of Asimovs first works, I believe, and it shows. I'm giving him a mulligan on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/29/2013

    " Asimov never fails. This is a great ride through the galaxy and he brings it "home" nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yougo | 11/22/2013

    " Not as quick paced as other Asimov books I've read. It's not a bad book, but it focues more on the logic of who done what to who rather than on the action. Not a bad read, but there are other Asimov books I liked a lot more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mago aqui | 11/1/2013

    " this novel is a subeter jump of my inner child <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 10/21/2013

    " (2nd in a trilogy) Typical Asimov - interesting worlds and geostrategic evolution; shallow characters. Fun but light. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 10/13/2013

    " Dear lord this book was boring and pointless. I read it because it is part of the Empire series of Asimov's but I gained nothing from it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arithmomaniac | 7/5/2013

    " This book has a great plot and a nice (if tacky) ending. But Asimov's self-declared "worst book" more than makes up for it with bad dialogue, worse characterization, and a complete lack of "real" sci-fi content whatsoever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scythan | 6/5/2013

    " Not Asimov's best, but definitely a good way to pass the time. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michaela Schaefer | 2/22/2013

    " For a sci-fi book, it can capture your attention fairly well. "

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

    " If you're an Asimov completist like me you're going to read this book anyway. It's not his best novel by far, but it's fairly short and interesting all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thompson | 5/10/2012

    " One of Asimov's earlier books. Writing is not up to his later stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 3/16/2012

    " I haven't read enough Asimov to contextualize this within all his writings (or whatever series this may be a precursor to), but as a stand-alone story, it was good. Not great, but at least a compelling enough sci-fi mystery to propel me happily to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 1/12/2012

    " Revisiting an old favorite from my youth. Classic space opera. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olena Cherney | 1/11/2012

    " Asimov is one of my favourites but this novel was a surprising disappointment. Well, have to take into account that it was one of his first sci-fi novels. I find it slightly "amusing", especially for the character who used this word a lot ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/1/2012

    " As with Pebble in the Sky, this got me hooked on Asimov. And it's yet another book I want to re-read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suhas | 4/5/2011

    " Decent book.

    Ending was a slight downer. Not even close to Asimov's best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 3/23/2011

    " Bit of light space opera that proves that Asimov should stick to writing logical conundra involving robots and steer clear of love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 2/13/2011

    " Quite possibly the worst Asimov book I've read. I should have taken the hint when I discovered they were out of print, but I kept looking until I found the trilogy. I absolutely love almost anything Asimov writes, but I'd stay away from this one unless you really want to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/26/2011

    " Definitely the weakest of the the 'Empire' novels, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/25/2011

    " A classic sci-fi by Asimov, written in 1950. You can definitely tell that it was written post-World War II. As others have said, it's certainly not Asimov's best work by any stretch but it is an interesting light read if you're in a nostalgic mood... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Titus | 1/13/2011

    " I think I've heard that Asimov considered this one of his weakest works. Oddly, I liked it more than either of his other Empire books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michaela | 11/28/2010

    " For a sci-fi book, it can capture your attention fairly well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 11/21/2010

    " The ending made this book. It was the only thing about it that wasn't old school formulaic. The Robot novels were great...these Galactic Empire interludes between them and the Foundation series are just not up to snuff.

    On to the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissyreads | 11/18/2010

    " A pretty good read. I didn't much like the main character Biron and had a little bit of a hard time following the logic he applied. I managed to guess most of the ending with the exception of the Director's role.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ettore.bilbo | 11/16/2010

    " Dovrebbe essere un romanzo minore di Asimov, ambientato nell'universo della fondazione ma slegato dal ciclo, l'ho trovato comunque molto bello. Una storia eccitante nel migliore stile narrativo asimoviano... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/13/2010

    " I enjoy Asimov books. My only regret is not reading them in order. When I finished this one, it clearly continues into the next book, but I haven't read the preceding books yet. Having just finished the Stieg Larsson series, I'm not yet ready to commit to another series but plan to at some point. "

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About the Author
Author Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was born in the Soviet Union and came to the United States in 1923. He earned his PhD in chemistry in 1948, and in 1958 became a full-time writer. His writings include the Foundation Trilogy; I, Robot; Tomorrow’s Children; and numerous works of nonfiction touching on a range of scientific topics. Among his accolades are six Hugo awards, a SFWA Grand Master Award, and high praise from such luminaries as Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Roddenberry.

About the Narrator

Stephen Thorne trained at RADA and played several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. He has worked extensively in radio, with over two thousand broadcasts for the BBC, including Uncle Mort in the Radio 4 comedy series and the part of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings. His television work includes EastEnders, Boys from the Bush, Death of an Expert Witness, and David Copperfield.