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Brightness Reef Audiobook

Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

David Brin, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Sundiver, crafts Brightness Reef, a luminous gem of science-fiction literature.

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.

©1995 David Brin; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Immensely appealing, leaving readers hungry for more." (Publishers Weekly)

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    John 09-23-10
    John 09-23-10

    Mainly a Sci-Fi, Fantasy guy, but also classic fiction, and detective books.

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    "Brightness Reef"

    Sifi at it's best. Love Brin's treatment of the human condition. Aliens are are humanity from a different perspective. This is a review of Brin's whole Earth Clan series. Start with "Sun Tide" and go to the end of this universe. Well worth the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Georgetown, TX, United States 09-15-10
    Jason Georgetown, TX, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Unbearable"

    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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    OCD 11-22-09
    OCD 11-22-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Unworthy of publication."

    Both the story and the narration are unworthy of publication.

    I tried listening to the "story" and not the narrator, to no avail.

    The combination of the stories tedious descriptions and the narrators monotone (dull) delivery where to much for me.

    I used a single "credit" on this audio-book thinking what did I have to lose, only to discover my time is what was lost.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 05-03-14
    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine a serious scfi reader that could get into it.


    Has Brightness Reef turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not series as there are many that I enjoy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brightness Reef?

    The book is not worth reading


    Any additional comments?

    I probably will not load this authors books into my library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Patrick RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story line did not hold my attention."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It is a long invovled series and there are some very interesting twists. The book does have some interesting analogies but it simply took too long to get there.


    What was most disappointing about David Brin’s story?

    I wanted to find out what the dolphins found but the book took too long to set it up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices were very annoying.


    What character would you cut from Brightness Reef?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Sci Fi but I am not interested in the up lift of animals. The dynanmics between the alien races was interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Australia 03-02-12
    Hugh Australia 03-02-12 Member Since 2015

    OmegaVoyage

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    "Children folklore disguised as science fiction"
    What would have made Brightness Reef better?

    Kept waiting for a story that did not happened


    What could David Brin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stick to one main story that mattered


    What three words best describe George Wilson’s voice?

    Very good narration, the only thing that was good about the book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brightness Reef?

    All the children school adventure and useless characters that did nothing that mattered to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Houston, TX, USA 12-26-09
    Lisa Houston, TX, USA 12-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your credits for something listenable..."

    This is the first review I've written even though I've listened to many many scifi books. The narrator should be commended for trying to make a listenable performance out of goobly gook.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Columbia, MD, USA 04-16-10
    Robert Columbia, MD, USA 04-16-10 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit too poetic for a Sci-fi book"

    It's a decent Scifi book. Long, but just as the action would start the author takes you on this poetic dialog of the Asks. After awhile you get lost with a lot of words that don't help the story out.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-11-10
    Wesley AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2012

    I love hard core sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy

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    "Never again David Brin!"

    God bless George Wilson for trying to make this horrid book listenable. This has to be the worst writing in the SF genre I've ever encountered. It is a horrible knock off of Heinlein I've had the displeasure of being subjected to. Do you grok me? I couldn't finish this book. I got two parts in and just had to put it down.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    anthony millersville, MD, United States 08-01-10
    anthony millersville, MD, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful repetitive boring horrible story line"

    This book was terrible. Boring. You could see where it was going thruout the entire book. I didn't finish it. The repetitive way in which it is written is elementary and amateurish it seems like the author was trying to cover this fact with an overload ridiculous alien races and information about them.
    it you have insomnia then this is ur book it will literally put you to sleep

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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