Set on the Earth-like planet Helliconia, this is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilization over more than a thousand years.
The great drama of life on Helliconia is shaped by its cosmic limitations. In fierce contrasts of climate, wholeseasons last for centuries and civilizations rise and fall as theplanet orbits the giant sun Freyr every 3000 years.
Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science-fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots, and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999. Brian Aldiss recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is still writing, to ardent applause.
©1983 Brian Aldiss; (P)2009 Audible Ltd
UK member listening mainly to fantasy or Sci-fi with occasional self improvement or factual books for good measure.
Having initially written a poor review of the introduction (2 hours!) of Helliconia Spring I have found myself finishing all three of the books. It's quite a marathon but the series is massive in scope. Aldiss introduces us to his ideas of nature, evolution, GAIA and so on within the worlds of Helliconia, the space station Avernis and later Earth and it's colonies. It is a grand vision, carefully imparted in the various stories of the inhabitants of Helliconia.
An excellent series.
Sometimes you buy an audio book with high expectations of the story, taking it from the sample that the narration is ok. In this case the story is fine. A little slow to start but if you go with it you?ll probably enjoy it. However the narration completely spoils any sense of drama or suspense. Delivered in the style of a primary school teacher reading a Famous Five novel to a class of 8 year olds, the narrator shows a limited sense of the emotion the author is trying to convey and an even more limited ability to convey it. No effort is made at characterisation during passages spoken by the characters. The narrator begins to sound slow and tired 4 hours into the first half of the story. Long pauses make you wonder if your listening devise has stopped for some reason and at one point echoes, as though the piece was recorded in a village hall and the narrator has moved away from the microphone, spoil enjoyment. I checked this wasn?t my device by playing the same part on another.
I like the story enough to listen to the rest of the trilogy even if the same narrator has been used but will avoid other books narrator by this person in future. Come on Audible, there are far more competent narrators out there.
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