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Between the Strokes of Night | [Charles Sheffield]

Between the Strokes of Night

>The author of Sight of Proteus and The Selkie brings a unique brand of sci-fi to this riveting story. To long-established worlds of starfaring humans come the Immortals - beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in a day - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.
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The author of Sight of Proteus and The Selkie brings a unique brand of sci-fi to this riveting story. To long-established worlds of starfaring humans come the Immortals - beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in a day - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.

©2002 Charles Sheffield (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 03-16-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "very interesting but poor narrator"

    i kept thinking of Matrix mixed with Inception and Aldis' Nonstop with a little 2001... I liked the story and the science gets a little mind bending trying to keep track of the "reality" situation at times but I liked the ideas behind it and the keeping humanity alive genre of space exploration. there's even a little Hunger Games bit that pops up. I'm not a fan of the narrator though. she mispronounced words and read very uninspired. a more dynamic narrator would have sped the novel up a tad and made it more enjoyable. I would try another of Sheffield. though i do have to say that the writing style itself is not very exciting. in general I think that many scifi authors have great ideas, but lack the writing style that would push their novels into the next level of literature. when you run across one where the style and ideas exist on high levels those works stand out and deservedly become classics with the added depth, i'm thinking of F451 and Childhood's End and 1984 and others that you can return to repeatedly and keep interpreting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Great Neck, NY, United States 01-12-13
    Amazon Customer Great Neck, NY, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent and creative story. Decent narration."
    If you could sum up Between the Strokes of Night in three words, what would they be?

    FIrst a disclaimer: I am a fan of hard science fiction and of Charles Sheffield in particular. Although there are works of his that I have liked more than Between the Strokes of Night, it is an excellent stand-alone story. Sheffield creates an entirely internally consistent universe and I appreciate that he does not feeling an obligation to engage in long expository to explain every last element. The characters are rich. Melissa Edris's narration does not do the novel the justice it deserves but neither does it completely detract from it. It annoyed me that she did not know how to pronounce some fairly mainstream words which were not neologisms of Sheffield's. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and am delighted that Audible has added several of Sheffield titles that they had not offered before.


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    Robert Kanata, Ontario, Canada 04-18-13
    Robert Kanata, Ontario, Canada 04-18-13 Member Since 2002
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    "A good SF book from Sheffield, very poor narration"
    Would you listen to Between the Strokes of Night again? Why?

    A good story, well written, but read without any sense of intonation or interest or anything. I will not listen to this again; but I would read it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Edris?

    Just about anyone; my cat is unemployed at the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Sheffield is a very good SF writer with a solid scientific background. The reader is so bad that it reduces the story to a bunch of unrelated words. This one will be returned to Audible before I get to part 2.

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    Rodger Springfield, IL, United States 04-13-13
    Rodger Springfield, IL, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book. Extremely Poor Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read this book and it is very good, but the audio book version is awful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Strokes of Night?

    none


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Edris?

    Victor Bevine anyone else. this awful


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    none


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