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Blue Remembered Earth | [Alastair Reynolds]

Blue Remembered Earth

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.
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One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease, and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin.

But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished.

But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel. Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards....

©2012 Alastair Reynolds (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    5/15/15
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    "Great narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Remembered Earth the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narration - if I'm honest, I would listen to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith read the telephone directory! Nonetheless, the story was interesting because although it was set in the future, on the moon and Mars as well as Earth, it put Africa at the centre of the action. That made such a change.


    What other book might you compare Blue Remembered Earth to, and why?

    The book stands out for me because I can't think of anything like it that I've read. It took me a while to get a handle on it because it was so different - futuristic, but also relate-able to aspects of the contemporary world.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    More rounded characters, I think. He did a great job of bringing the people to life, especially Eunice.


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

    Not particularly, because I pretty much did that and in retrospect, I would have liked to absorb it in smaller chunks. However, I will want to listen again fairly soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't pretend to judge a Science Fiction book on its scientific content, I just like a good story. So, for the realistic relationships, the concern with the planet and conservation and the plot I found it very enjoyable and thoughtful. It makes a change to have a story where you can't predict where it will go, or what people will do and a storyteller that doesn't rely on clichés and knows that we can be wrong about what other people are thinking and doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Seivwright
    5/1/15
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    "Brill -Afrika in Space"

    I really enjoyed this innovative bit of space opera. I recomment it ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 star

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Dominic Campbell
    4/6/15
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    "Good story, good performance, very very bad music"

    The cheesy music added over parts reduces the quality a lot. I wish they would release without it and hope it is not present on future books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mjirvine
    UK
    3/10/15
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    "Enjoyed the narrator"

    Enjoyable story. Different narrator from previous books but very good and enjoyable listen. It gas a fairly predictable ending though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    1/25/15
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    "Enjoyable but some irritating flaws in plot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For Science Fiction fans yes. Not likely to appeal to readers who do not like the genre, although this particular story is a mix of space opera and family saga.


    Would you recommend Blue Remembered Earth to your friends? Why or why not?

    For SF fans yes


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

    Eunice


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    First AR novel I have as audio book. Tempted because I enjoyed this narrator's performance on other titles. Not disappointed, although took time to get into the story, which while engaging once beyond the initial chapters did suffer from some poor plotting. Overall verdict - I have now downloaded the second in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Arnold
    UK
    6/11/14
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    "Passes the time"
    Any additional comments?

    If you have nothing better to do - as do I on long regular motorway trips, then its pleasant enough listening.
    Not up to the authors usual standard.
    That I finshed this a couple of weeks ago, but can't actually remember exactly what the ending was, does rather indicate it didn't grip me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Sheffield, South Yorks, United Kingdom
    1/28/14
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    "Just a Little Bit Dull"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not bad, just nowhere near one of his best. Couldn't finish it.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The Universe is more interesting than the story, which did little more than provide a contrived reason to jet about it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    As ever some of the ideas are good - liked the bits with the elephants. Characters are a 2D


    What character would you cut from Blue Remembered Earth?

    Sunday/Geoffrey were interchangeable. Perhaps that was the idea. To many dei ex machina.


    Any additional comments?

    The follow-up 'On the Steel Breeze', which I have in hardback, remains stoically unread.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alasdair
    Petts Wood, United Kingdom
    3/5/13
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    "Another awesome Reynolds tale with great narration"

    I've listened to all of Reynolds books on audible and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. This is another great tale which has some great intriguing ideas about the near future.



    The narration was great - I listened to the Rivers of London series prior to this so recognised the narrator. Although not the same as in previous books, I felt he did a great job. I think this is a great move as it sets this series apart from the Revelation Space books.



    Can't wait for future stories to see where this goes!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dermot
    ANTRIM, United Kingdom
    2/7/13
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    "Loved this audiobook"

    This was my first experience of Alastair Reynolds. I found the story very intriguing, the vision of the future was well thought out and, as much as possible with Sci-fi, quite believable. I was thoroughly entertained.



    Like a lot of people I can't understand the criticism of the narrator, I thought Kobna Holdbrook-Smith did a superb job - fresh and engaging throughout a very long audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    8/11/12
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    "Great audiobook production, OK plot"

    Narrator is great. Not perfect, but great. Easily on par with the previous narrator of Reynolds. Arguably somewhat better. There are thematic sounds between some chapters. Although normally a big no-NO, it worked out pretty well for this book. All in all, the production is perhaps the best I ever listened to by Reynolds.

    However, the book as such is not that great. Or rather, the plot isn't. The characters and environments are cool. But the plot overall is a bit slower than usuall for Reynolds (ie it does not pick up great momentum towards the end). And there are some annoying details, such as when one character gets called into interviews with the police, flees ans applies for citizenship in another country, returns to the first country but is not again called to the interview. Without any explanation... But it is OK. In comparison, I would say that it is of about the same quality as Century rain; ie not among the best but OK nonetheless. That being said, the world building is great, and I will definitly read the sequels.




    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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