I loved Brin's second & third Uplift books, but this one was just too long and slow to finish. As other reviewers have mentioned, the narrator tries, but this book is just too slow in getting anywhere.
I love David Brin and both his Uplift Trilogies. But, the narration on this is awful. The many different "alien" voices make it impossible to follow and are annoying. Much better to buy the book and read it than try to listen through what can only be described as a mish-mash of characterizations. Too bad, really.
Mainly a Sci-Fi, Fantasy guy, but also classic fiction, and detective books.
Sifi at it's best. Love Brin's treatment of the human condition. Aliens are are humanity from a different perspective. This is a review of Brin's whole Earth Clan series. Start with "Sun Tide" and go to the end of this universe. Well worth the ride.
5-year Sci-fi/Fantasy Unabridged Audiophile
Only once in that five years have I found a more awful book. As with other reviewers, I concur that the narrator should be commended for making the attempt.
Summary: Poorly written and a story poorly told.
The planet, context (time & place), and characters are poorly developed. From the first paragraph David fails to connect with the reader on an intellectual or emotional level -- 4 hours later it is mere background noise.
The topics and conflicts aim at an impressionable 8th grade level reader in an American/Western European society that feels guilt for their very existence. e.g. We should not be on this pristine ecological planet, lets see if we can get the enlightened galactics to come down and punish us. When David adds in,
1) evil lying humans that arrive to disrupt the otherwise peaceful planet, and
2) multiple alien races Polyanishly united theologically by homage paid to a stone
the result is a perfect handbook for John Muir followers. If this appeals to you, then this may be your book.
Though poorly executed, the story concept is brilliant. Stowaways on a planetary level -- unique. Ecological restoration through planetary level crop rotation-like resting cycles - insightful.
Looking for epics that work? Try Robert Jordan (Eye of the World), Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth - first 3-4 books before they get tedious) and Brandon Sanderson (Way of Kings) for Fantasy and Mike Resnick (Any), Lois McMaster Bujold (Vorkosigan
Saga) and John Ringo (Any)
I wanted to like this. I could not. It may well be that it gets better after 4-hours. I could not make myself trudge through to find out.
Both the story and the narration are unworthy of publication.
I tried listening to the "story" and not the narrator, to no avail.
The combination of the stories tedious descriptions and the narrators monotone (dull) delivery where to much for me.
I used a single "credit" on this audio-book thinking what did I have to lose, only to discover my time is what was lost.
The story involves at least 6 distinct species right off, and four of them are presented in breathless, annoying verbal fashion; the "our gang" gimmick gets really old, really fast; and the plot doesn't really develop even after the first hour. No empathy for anyone in the first hour at all.
Given that, I'll pass on the rest.
In Brin's other books, there was a fair amount of world building and conflict development. Plus the characters were interesting. Here the conflicts are telegraphed, the world building is non existent, and it would fall flat without an annoying audio performance on top to render it unbearable instead.
I can't imagine a serious scfi reader that could get into it.
Not series as there are many that I enjoy.
The book is not worth reading
I probably will not load this authors books into my library.
It is a long invovled series and there are some very interesting twists. The book does have some interesting analogies but it simply took too long to get there.
I wanted to find out what the dolphins found but the book took too long to set it up.
His voices were very annoying.
I love Sci Fi but I am not interested in the up lift of animals. The dynanmics between the alien races was interesting.
Kept waiting for a story that did not happened
Stick to one main story that mattered
Very good narration, the only thing that was good about the book
All the children school adventure and useless characters that did nothing that mattered to the book.
Waste of money.
This is the first review I've written even though I've listened to many many scifi books. The narrator should be commended for trying to make a listenable performance out of goobly gook.