Robert Silverberg's enduring classic about one man's journey to find salvation for a planet on the brink of destruction. "Roum is a city built on seven hills. They say it was a capital of man in one of the earlier cycles. I knew nothing of that, for my guild was Watching, not Remembering." For a thousand years, mankind has lived under the threat of invasion from an alien race. After the oceans rose and the continents were reshaped, people divided into guilds-Musicians, Scribes, Merchants, Clowns, and more. The Watchers wander the earth, scouring the skies for signs of enemies from the stars. But during one Watcher's journey to the ancient city of Roum with his companion, a Flier named Avluela, a moment of distraction allows the invaders to advance. When the Watcher finally sounds the alarm, it's too late: the star people are poised to conquer all. And so with the world in turmoil, the Watcher sets out alone for the Hall of the Rememberers, keepers of the past, where humanity's last hope for survival might be hidden.
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by Robert Silverberg
by Robert Conroy
"In these three linked novellas, Silverberg introduces listeners to a world of the far future, creating a saga of mystery, romance, and renewal. Stefan Rudnicki portrays the ÒWatcher,Ó the narrator of the book, with stoicism, authority, and clarity. The social order of future Earth is dominated by various guilds, and the Watcher belongs to the one that must prevent aliens from invading. RudnickiÕ s changes in pacing and accent are subtle yet effective, and his performance highlights the WatcherÕs emotionsÑanguish over his failure to prevent an alien advance as well as his eventual optimism in spite of an uncertain future. Using lighter tones, Rudnicki adeptly portrays Avluela, a young Flier who travels with the Watcher. The melancholy, romantic mood of the story is enhanced by Rudnicki. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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