"Seeds of Earth"
This is a five-star listen. The book is written with each chapter focusing on one of the main characters, and I both found the characters engaging and found myself eager to get to the next part of a character's story. The chapters are short enough to hold attention and I had no problem in remembering who was who, especially since all the characters are given distinctive voices by the narrator. David Thorpe does a great job of coping with a huge range of accents and ways of speaking, only let down really by a less-than-successful attempt at a Hispanic accent, but this is trivial and nit-picking really as he does remarkably well everywhere else. Very often David Thorpe will introduce a character's speech, only to find in a couple of lines that the author has specified how the voice sounds. So many times you find lazy narrators who just sit in a studio and pay no attention to how it should be read, but with Thorpe he has clearly taken his cue from the directions left him by the author. All in all, fascinating story, and if the next two books are anything like as good, you're going to be in for a treat.
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