©2007 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
The way the story all tied together. The three books are very different but the main message seemed to be the indomitable strength of the human spirit to never give up.
Give it a happier ending? Then it wouldn't be the same book though, right?
He is always wonderful, his nuances on different words and characters he portrays are certainly his greatest strengths.
The ending. Three women coming together, all I can say without being a spoiler.
Arthur C Clarke was able to take all of his works and tie them into this trilogy. The firstborn from 2001 and the space elevators from Fountains of Paradise and even a bit of Rama thrown in.
I am very happy I took the time to listen to this trilogy, it helps me to remember that maybe humans aren't the greatest things in the universe, but we may be the most tenacious!
The story starts with a reminiscing of 2001- A Space Odyssey and moves into a world of puzzles and paradoxes. Then folds neatly into a chronicle of mysterious aliens and an apocalypse threatening humankind. To comment on the story would give away the twists and turns of the plot, so I won’t, but all three books are worth owning. I encourage getting all three in the series.
One point of contention...as in most all space faring Sci-Fi books, Canada is conspicuous by its absence in this story. As a prominent space faring nation with long ties to NASA and the ESA, Canada contributes to the exploration in space as well as any other country and more. Canada is never really mentioned. Egypt, Sri Lanka and African nations are held up as more predominant in peaceful space exploration ...really? And Russia – always the “sort of” poor cousin that shows up family dinners. Maybe it’s a marketing decision for the U.S. audience.
Still a worthwhile series of audio books to have.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
An excellent finale for the trilogy.
Let's be honest: If you followed the story so far, you might as well finish it.
Excellent read. A little over my head with some of the scientific theories, but still an enjoyable read. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
A Tool in the shed
I was hoping for a little bit better ending than that. No real resolution to any of the plot archs in the book. Feels like they got tired of writing and just decided to stamp a "The End" in the middle of the page. A real let down.
Clarke's world view is stuck in the 1960s, a world dominated by powerful governments and gigantic government projects, cold wars, military endeavors, bureaucracies, government experts, and global action. Oh, he realizes that there are problems with this system, his bureaucrats sometimes bumble, and he longs for and increase in participatory democracy through technology and AI, but he is simply incapable of articulating or imagining how human society actually might progress.
Technologically, his science fiction also seems somewhat dated and at times inconsistent. Why bother with all this messy spacetime reassembly of worlds of you could simply store and simulate people and environments? Even more fundamentally, how does life supposedly use up exergy any faster than having it dissipate naturally? The energy given off by stars dissipates whether or not life forms uses it.
Probably the most enjoyable aspects of the series are the historical vignettes, in particular of the first two books.
The story just keeps getting better, beyond my expectations. Intelligent amd thought provoking. A great SF book, extremely well read!
I read all three of the books in this series, hoping they would improve. They didn't. The plot moves along in a tedious, jerky fashion with long sections of flatulent dialogue that would be meaningful only if it were to be converted into a soap opera. Not porno, just pages and pages of meaningless, politically correct psychobabble. Clarke's science is weak, as it is in all his books. Lots of bashing of all his pet peeves, as he always does. I bought this last book out of desperation for something to read. Shame on me.
"A very good tale!"
Referring to Stuart's comments above I concur entirely. Excellent storyline following on from the first two books. The death of Clarke recently should not have any bearing on the next (hopefully) installment. These books are very much Stephen Baxter, with all his softscreens and nano engineering. His is a very distinctive style also including his odd names for the main characters. Others include an astronaught called Malenfant, and a Morlock (Time Ships) called Nebogopfil ! Bisesa Dutt is another funny name.
The ending of this third book very much leaves the door open for another one with lots of softscreens ,funny names and Kensington (London) locations!!
"I just hope there will be more"
A great listen that kept me gripped all the way through. This book is definately worth a listen if you have enjoyed the rest of the Time Odyssey. However be prepared for the unresolved story. The final chapter hints at a much greater plot to be unveiled and a resolution to the Firstborn but since the death of the Arthur C. Clarke this year we may never get to read it. I just hope Stephen Baxter decides to continue the series.
"They get better"
Book on book. But Audible UK don't have book 4 or 5 poor service in Europe. Just the same poor blank answers from them.
Well, for super intelligent ancient Aliens, the first born! their pretty useless at wiping out emergent intelligent life.
Only Steven Baxter
Good voice would listen to him again
Only just, i'll try listening again, only to see if i can find a bit more of Asimov in it.
Partnering different authors together, or planting a new author with and older much loved science fiction series is not working for me
"What sci-fi should be!"
Excellent narrative, completely believable plot and fabulous storyline. Clarke and Baxter have created a world which draws the reader in and delivers again and again.
Perfect balance between sci-fi story and scientific reality.
Book 4 please, Mr Baxter.....
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