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City of Ruins Audiobook

City of Ruins: Diving Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space.... But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and "loose" stealth technology.

Following a hunch, Boss and her team come to investigate the city of Vaycehn, where 14 archeologists have died exploring the endless caves below the city. Mysterious "death holes" explode into the city itself for no apparent reason, and Boss believes stealth tech is involved. As Boss searches for the answer to the mystery of the death holes, she will uncover the answer to her Dignity Vessel quest as well - and one more thing, something so important that it will change her life and the universe forever.

©2011 Kristine Kathryn Rusch (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"City of Ruins is a solid mystery (with a dash of adventure) whose ending teases even greater things in the next novel, Boneyards. Sign me up." (SF Signal)

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    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 12-22-11
    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 12-22-11
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    "Disappointing...."

    I've listened to 20+ scifi books on Audible and this is only the second that I could not finish. I'm a big fan of Rusch's other works (particularly the Retrieval Artist series), but this book has been a disappointment . The main character is VERY irritating which is only made worse by the fact that most of the story is written in first person. The narrator actually does a good job of portraying the quirky antisocial characteristics of the protagonist (which in some ways is unfortunate).

    I do like the premise of "archaeology in space" and there is considerable potential for this to be a great series (assuming the protagonist is replaced). If you like this genre, check out Jack McDevitt's books as the concept is similar but the characters are more relatable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Striker Atlanta, GA 10-04-11
    Striker Atlanta, GA 10-04-11 Member Since 2016

    If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Amazing Listen"

    This was an amazing listen, though it was a little slow in the beginning compared to the first book. You really won't get into the story unless you've also read or listened to the previous book, but I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop listening. I was also a little disappointed that the story ended in somewhat of a cliffhanger, but that just means I'll have another amazing story to look forward to. 5 stars.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 06-02-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 06-02-11
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    "good sci-fi"

    nice book, entertaining, its about 5000 years into the future, so its hard core.
    I want a sequel !

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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 06-02-11
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 06-02-11 Member Since 2008

    Doctor of misanthropy

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    "A Great Listen"

    What's the audible equivalent to "I just couldn't put this book down?"

    This was that.

    I just want more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 05-05-12
    Suzanne 05-05-12 Member Since 2016

    * love to work (nursing informatics) * love dogs * love speed * listen to books constantly *

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    "Outstanding"

    Starts a little slow - builds artfully. Much suspense & creativity. Leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series.

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    ketil vestby 01-03-16 Member Since 2014

    Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)

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    "Fascinating continuation of the first book"
    Where does City of Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In itself it's nothing - but as part of the series: Among the top 5%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Am not sure, the main character was strong and a clear favorite - but isn't the main character supposed to be a favorite?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The quality of all scenes was so high that nobody did rank itself higher or lower than the others. Its simply a well written book


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

    The only moving moment was the one between the beginning and the end..


    Any additional comments?

    It is a wery well written storyline, and read fast and fascinating. You got to listen carefully to get all bita and pices with you, or you'll loose the story and have to go back a bit to catch up. Not a book for "completely relaxed listening"

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    Pamela Impson 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't even finish"
    Would you try another book from Kristine Kathryn Rusch and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristine Kathryn Rusch again?

    I already have some thinking she would be a new series author I'd like, based on the description. So that would be a no.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance?

    Nothing


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    What else can I say but this author is a big mistake for me. I wish I could return all of them.

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    Mark 10-05-14
    Mark 10-05-14

    Hello all, I am a Father of a not so little boy. A tech head and Sci-Fi lover.

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    "A city of the shaken people"
    What did you love best about City of Ruins?

    As a whole Mrs Rusch wrote a rock solid story. This is my favorite series of books When they get to the planet and so a little (no pun intended). digging. They find out about the earth quakes and cave ins. When the ship appeared on the pad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How both sides were careful. Doing exactly what the other would do.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favorite?

    She does very good accents for the different people in the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    if you think it is safe on the panet. Think again


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    David Morgenstern San Francisco 06-18-13
    David Morgenstern San Francisco 06-18-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "I am warming up to this series"

    I had some serious issues with the first volume in this series, Diving into the Wreck. I am happy to report that this book is worth reading. The story line of a space vessel lost in in time is interesting and there's plenty of suspense and action. But even better, now we have a second viewpoint from another character, which is done in the third person.

    As I said in my previous review, I find the first-person narration for the major character off-putting -- it's difficult to write in this mode successfully. The entire first book was done in first person, and I'm sorry to report that it's still not effective here in the second volume. But now, we have another viewpoint, so the book was saved for me.

    Like many classic science fiction tales, this book ended in a rush. I wanted more, which perhaps is a good sign.

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    James Wright 12-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Irritating!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought the plot had potential


    What did you like best about this story?

    archeological investigations


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    The omniscient voice of the main character is pompous, mind numbingly repetitious.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The narrator was fine. the material was bad


    Any additional comments?

    There is a broken record feeling that interrupts the flow of the story

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  • Susie
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    7/12/11
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    "Loved it"

    Wonderful story by KK Rusch. I've read most of her Retrieval Artist books and really enjoyed them. This has a new set of characters, and is told from two different points of view almost on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Really intriguing to watch the two groups of people come closer and closer, and finally meet. I was completely engrossed, and can't wait for the next one in the series - there will be another one won't there?!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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