Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charles Sheffield

Narrated By: Gary Dikeos

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2013

Duration: 19 hours 51 minutes


It's 2026, and catastrophe has struck from an unexpected source. The Alpha Centauri supernova has risen like a second sun, rushing Earth toward its last summer. Floods, fires, starvation, and disease paralyze the planet. In a blue aurora flash of gamma rays, all microchips worldwide are destroyed, leaving an already devastated Earth without communications, transportation, weaponry, or medicine.

The disaster sets three groups of survivors on separate quests. A militant cult seizes the opportunity to free their leader, known as the Eye of God, from the long-term coma to which a court sentenced her. Three cancer patients also search for a man in judicial sleep: the brilliant scientist-and monstrous criminal-who alone can continue the experimental treatment that keeps them alive. From a far greater distance come the survivors of the first manned Mars expedition, struggling homeward to a world that has changed far beyond their darkest fears. And standing at the crossroads is one man, US President Saul Steinmetz, who faces a crucial decision that will affect the fate of his own people-and the world.

"Charles Sheffield is one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world."-Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy


  • Todd W

    This book was really good, but it sounded like it was being read by a computer.

  • Craig Larsen

    The narration is done with a flat, robot like affectation that makes it quite possibly the worst I have ever heard. I'm not sure why Gary Dikeos thought he should be a voice actor, but if this performance is any indication of his skills, he needs to find another line of work. Seriously, this is really, really bad. Which is a shame because the story has potential, but I just can't get past the incredibly robot bad narration. Maybe someday Blackstone will re-record this with a new voice actor.


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