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Jason

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  • Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (87)

    Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

    Chas says: "Hard Core Sci-Fi at it's best!"
    "Unbearable"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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