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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Sheffield Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Heritage Universe Series Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9781455178230
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The search for the Builders, the legendary alien race whose unfathomable constructs continued to perplex scholars and explorers alike, had led Builder expert Darya Lang, adventurer Hans Rebka, and treasure hunters Louis Nenda and Atvar H’sial to an unknown Builder artifact far outside the spiral arm. There they found the Zardalu, once the greatest menace ever known to the worlds of the spiral arm, enslaving entire races and exterminating others, guided by an unswerving belief in their own supremacy.

The only chance to eliminate the Zardalu threat was to wipe them all out before they had time to breed back up to strength and once again threaten civilized beings everywhere. But as they closed in, it was becoming clear that the Zardalu and their world were closely entwined with the fate—and the plans—of the Builders themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The science is dead on, and the plot keeps listeners wonderfully tense, but there are moments of pure comedy throughout the piece that are simply delightful. [Cosham’s] reading is quite enjoyable; his ability to bring to life a wide variety of slaves and owners, rogues and scientists, deserves applause…This one is an absolute must for hard-core sci-fi fans.”


  • “Sheffield’s narrative is smooth, and the joys, pitfalls, and dangers of exploration are conveyed well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Smart, hard science fiction adventure. This is a story that both awes and excites.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Waltor | 6/27/2009

    " The characters and situations are getting kind of stale. I read 3 of 4 and have no desire to continue...that's a pretty damning statement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Binkley | 5/9/2005

    " All three of the Heritage Universe trilogy are amazing. These are very cerebral books, but the plot(s) are very well put together and related. Sci Fi without all the hokey crap some authors get into... "

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About the Author
Author Charles Sheffield

Charles Sheffield (1935–2002) was an English-born mathematician, physicist, and author of both nonfiction and science fiction. His novels won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Nebula Award, and the Hugo Award.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.