Monday 11 January 2010


Official Blurb

The tree is beautiful and they call her Eden. Her branches reach for the stars. She is like all other trees on planet Earth save for her enormous size. Still, she has leaves and she has bark. She turns sunlight into life. But this tree does not sprout from the dirt. Eden fills the sky, high in orbit above the blue expanse of Uranus. There she changes humanity's very concept of extraterrestrial life. Dr. Malcolm Green is sent to Eden to audit a science team studying this extraordinary tree from the dark confines of space station Lola. But with unexplainable accidents plaguing the team, tensions are mounting between scientists and custodial staff. Is there a future for this project and Lola? Only Malcolm Green can make that call. From the second he sets foot on Lola, Malcolm’s own future becomes at stake. He soon finds that love, friendship, and his own mortality tremble like a leaf at the sound of Eden's call.

My Review

Well this is the second audio book from this author, Phil Rossi, that I've listened to. The first was "Crescent" which was a sci fi horror story, and this audio novella follows that excellent mould.

Set in the future where humans and even commerce are out in space planting science stations above the worlds, but not so distant that the technology is too far removed from what we have today. This gives us with a totally believable situation with people in bulky spacesuits struggeling to cope with zero G, a good base for this type of story.

The story follows an auditor who turns up at the specialist research space station that is studying a giant alien tree floating above Uranus. As the blurb says, things start going wrong with the station, people start doing weird things. Why? We follow the lead character as he finds the people and station around him falling apart.

It is a compelling story and Phil does an awesome job of reading and production, the whole book is a totally professional affair.

It's good, and at the end I found myself wishing that it had been longer. Ooh, and I wouldn't say its work safe and it's creepy.

Reading 3
Production 3
Story 2

Total 8/9

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Listen to chapter one