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Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3 | [Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter]

Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3

Twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.
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Publisher's Summary

The Firstborn, the mysterious race of aliens best known as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, have inhabited the writing of science fiction master Arthur C. Clarke for decades. In the first two books of his acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic. That fate was narrowly averted, at an inconceivable price. But now, 27 years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

©2007 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 06-30-12
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "The end to the Trilogy!"
    What did you love best about Firstborn?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Give it a happier ending? Then it wouldn't be the same book though, right?


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is always wonderful, his nuances on different words and characters he portrays are certainly his greatest strengths.


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

    The ending. Three women coming together, all I can say without being a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 06-14-12
    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 06-14-12 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Believable Time Travel and Aliens Great Books"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 05-04-09
    Saud United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Intriguing"

    An excellent finale for the trilogy.

    Let's be honest: If you followed the story so far, you might as well finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Michigan 04-07-09
    Amazon Customer Michigan 04-07-09
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    "Good book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Ottsville, PA, United States 02-12-09
    Glenn Ottsville, PA, United States 02-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Different but Good"

    I liked the book, fascinating premise

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    W K Mount Pleasant, MI, USA 09-22-09
    W K Mount Pleasant, MI, USA 09-22-09
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    "Save your money"

    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.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    9/17/08
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    "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!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Rainham, Essex, United Kingdom
    9/14/08
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • carlo
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    "Disapointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well, for super intelligent ancient Aliens, the first born! their pretty useless at wiping out emergent intelligent life.


    Has Firstborn put you off other books in this genre?

    Only Steven Baxter


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Good voice would listen to him again


    Was Firstborn worth the listening time?

    Only just, i'll try listening again, only to see if i can find a bit more of Asimov in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Partnering different authors together, or planting a new author with and older much loved science fiction series is not working for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    DEWSBURY, United Kingdom
    10/27/13
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    "What sci-fi should be!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perfect balance between sci-fi story and scientific reality.


    Any additional comments?

    Book 4 please, Mr Baxter.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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