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A Deepness in the Sky Audiobook

A Deepness in the Sky

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Publisher's Summary

Vernor Vinge established himself as one of our greatest living science-fiction writers with his critically acclaimed, best-selling, Hugo Award-winning novel A Fire Upon the Deep. Now he returns to the captivating universe of that book, transporting us back 30,000 years.

After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But first, both groups must wait at the aliens' very doorstep for their strange star to relight and for their planet to reawaken, as it does every 250 years

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

More than just a great science-fiction adventure, A Deepness in the Sky is a universal drama of courage, self-discovery, and the redemptive power of love.

©1999 Vernor Vinge; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2000

"This prequel to A Fire Upon the Deep demonstrates Vinge's capacity for meticulously detailed culture-building and grand-scale sf drama." (Library Journal)
"Major revelations, ironies, and payoffs.... A powerful story in the grandest SF tradition." (Amazon.com review)

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    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 06-22-16
    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent story with interstellar scope!"

    Neatly extending the story of the hero of A Fire Upon the Deep, this excellent book has interstellar scope while never sacrificing personal closeness. Bravo.

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    Budd Turner 06-19-16
    Budd Turner 06-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Born a "Boomer". Joined the "Now" generation. Recently realized Now has become Then.

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    "Epic Space opera"

    Again Vinge weaved multiple converging cultures and stories to build an epic story.
    Larking did a good job giving the different characters identifiability, but this solo performance could have been a true opera with a fuller cast of male & female voices.

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    Lars 06-02-16
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    "Fantastic gripping story"

    I loved the way the book kept giving me new an fantastic twists and turns

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    michael 05-20-16
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    "genius work!"

    so by some twist of fate I started the zones of thought series here and I fell in love, definitely a solid independent story. the author is truly a genius and master of his craft. a truly unique look at alien life in a really positive and meaningful way. what a wonderful universe Vernor has created so clever and plausible and deep. also very dark at times, with the very mature themes of betrayal, manipulation, love, exploitation, conspiracy, power, the nature of consciousness and contact with ET. very smart read

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    Christopher Butterfield Roseburg, OR United States 05-11-16
    Christopher Butterfield Roseburg, OR United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic and Unique"

    It was a little hard to get into, as the world was so unique. I, however was soon enveloped and couldn't shut it off!

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    John 03-03-16
    John 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "God damned amazing at all scales"

    Vernor Vingeb is an absolute genius, you must read this book. I loved 'A Fire Upon the Deep' but this was so much better in almost every regard.

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    R. J. Lopez 01-31-16
    R. J. Lopez 01-31-16
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    "A really good book, highly recommend!"
    Any additional comments?

    I can see why this won the Hugo award. A really good story with well developed characters. An interesting plot with twists and turns. The only thing I would change would be the preformance. I think that the tone of the performance should be more dark and ominous.

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    Carl B. 08-16-15
    Carl B. 08-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome prequel to The Fire in the Deep"

    I found both his books difficult in the first few chapters as we're introduced to such imaginatively different characters and technology. But, once I understand the strangeness of this new universe, I'm totally enthralled with the story. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys strongly character driven sci-fi.

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    Brooke L. Morris 04-02-15

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    "Great Story, Poor Performance"
    What did you like best about A Deepness in the Sky? What did you like least?

    The story is great. The performance was inappropriate. The voice is not without talent, but he has a matter-of-fact quality that is very wrong for certain parts of the story, especially the sex scenes which he makes very creepy and unlistenable, I ended up putting this down before finishing because the reader gave me the creeps. Not recommended. Maybe I will read this one soon.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Larkin’s performances?

    Nope.


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    rob Erickson 01-03-15
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    "Great book. Great reader."

    totally worth the time and money. engaging, exciting, I can't wait to read/listen to the next one.

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