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A Fire Upon the Deep Audiobook

A Fire Upon the Deep

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Publisher's Summary

A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought", but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.

Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.

©1992 Vernor Vinge; (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1993

What Members Say

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    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 10-24-13
    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 10-24-13
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    "Could not finish - Not interesting"
    What would have made A Fire Upon the Deep better?

    A better plot and less non-stop weird names - just not interesting enough to finish


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Heinlein or Ender - something like that


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

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No offense - It had the potential to be okay -- but No


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money back...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. B. Turner 07-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Retired middle school Science teacher. Into virtual worlds, epic SciFi, Technology & linked Amateur Radio systems.

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    "Opps…Listened to this first"
    What did you love best about A Fire Upon the Deep?

    Sustained high tension.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Multiple seemingly unrelated stories woven together for climax.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Climax


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't adversely enjoyment by reading Book 2 > 1 > 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia S 06-01-16
    Julia S 06-01-16
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    "Not bothering with the next one"
    What did you like best about A Fire Upon the Deep? What did you like least?

    I was looking forward to more of the story of Pham Nuwen and liked the concept of the Zones of Thought.


    What was most disappointing about Vernor Vinge’s story?

    But the Zones never really were explained in any meaningful way and the characters didn't develop in a way that increased my interest in what happens to them next.


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

    Peter Larkins's performance was good enough. I did like his alien character voices which were distinct and interesting.


    Did A Fire Upon the Deep inspire you to do anything?

    I'm going to put this series away. Not worth a credit to go on to the next installment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 05-20-16
    michael 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "epic!"

    what a great book love the authors way with words and his interpretation of what the future may hold. very smart, thought provoking and theological/philosophical stuff. great character development and voice acting and what an epic scale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Borut B. 03-28-16
    Borut B. 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant fantasy with hints of sci-fi"

    Absolutely brilliant story, very thought-engaging, twists and full of action. Strong fantasy universe linked together with sci-fi events.
    Not the biggest fan of the narrator but still good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 12-30-15
    Alex 12-30-15
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    "Good Narrating, better story!"

    Narrator might have had a cold at some point, but his voice matched the story well enough for my taste, and his voices good enough to keep me interested. Blight concept may seem confusing at first, but great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick J. OToole Westwood, NJ USA 05-23-15
    Patrick J. OToole Westwood, NJ USA 05-23-15
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    "Great world building and story but too long."

    This book has some great world building, interesting aliens, and interesting idea about different zones in the galaxy. But in the end I felt it was too long and too crowded. There are two main story lines in this book. The main story about the blight and the zones of the galaxy, and a side story about the dog-like group-mind creatures called Tines.

    Both stories are interesting and would have made nice books. Together, they were just too much and nothing was gained, IMO, by having them together. The main story about the blight could have functioned just fine without the Tines sub-plot. As it is, I felt the Tines story was distracting.

    Venor Vinge gets bonus points for the exploration of the idea that the galaxy has different zone where intelligence and physics differ. This was fascinating. He explores this in detail and does it well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 03-30-15
    Josh 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth a listen"

    Good story, great characters. The ending was a little to abrupt for all the build up. Would recommend to others. Narrator performance was outstanding.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sam BUTLER, PA, United States 03-08-15
    Sam BUTLER, PA, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A head-spinning revalation!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fire Upon the Deep to be better than the print version?

    The genius of the novel is self-evident in any format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved the scrode-riders.


    What does Peter Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His characters are filled with life. Peter Kenny and he have a lot in common in this respect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It's too long to listen to in one sitting, obviously, but I finished it in a few days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dejan Brisbane, Australia 12-07-14
    Dejan Brisbane, Australia 12-07-14

    Interested in futurism and hard science fiction.

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    "I couldn't finish it..."

    A fascinating story at the beginning of the book took a wrong turn and never recovered. The narrator didn't help either with oddly shrill, comic voice which didn't belong to any of the characters in the book. I've asked for a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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