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Non-Stop | [Brian Aldiss]

Non-Stop

Brian Aldiss' first novel. A story of a small tribe in a very strangejungle, who make unsettling discoveries about the nature of their world. Non-Stop is the classic SF novel of discovery and exploration; a brilliant evocation of a familiar setting seen through the eyes of a primitive. Published in the US as Starship. Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford
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Brian Aldiss' first novel. A story of a small tribe in a very strange jungle, who make unsettling discoveries about the nature of their world. Non-Stop is the classic SF novel of discovery and exploration; a brilliant evocation of a familiar setting seen through the eyes of a primitive. Published in the US as Starship.

Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999. Brian Aldiss recently celebrated his eightieth birthday and is still writing to ardent applause.

©2004 Brian Aldiss; (P)2009 Audible Ltd

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    spacecasecake west coast, usa 02-25-10
    spacecasecake west coast, usa 02-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great little sci fi book"

    An enjoyable read with a decent narrator. Non-stop is a classic generation ship yarn. We follow members of the Green Tribe who move corridor by corridor nomadically through the hulk of an ancient starship. And like any good generation ship story they progressively realize that their world is a lot more than they had imagined. Adventures and revelations ensue. It's a fairly short book (8 hours) so don't expect a lot of epic surprises or character development, but it makes for a speedy and fun read.

    My only gripe was the narrator's "tensely" spoken character dialog. Really grated on my nerves with how often he chose to use it... I could see him sitting in front of the microphone with bulging neck muscles and madly quivering eyes. Other than that a fine performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-10-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Rats, Giants, Mutants, Outsiders, Oh My!"

    I hesitate to call this good old fashioned Science Fiction, because that would suggest that since it was written in 1958, that it is dated. I believe this could easily have been written today. The only difference is that instead of 8 hours long it would be 28 hours long and have two sequels.

    There is quite a lot in this 8 hours. You pretty much know from the start that this is a generational ship and the population has gone back to the dark ages. What you don't know is several other mysteries that get discovered at the end of the book.

    Our main character's name is Complain and even though his people are described as primitives, there language is more of medieval England. Here is a typical exchange: "Keep a civil turn of phrase, Complain: your own carcass isn't worth a crust to me."

    After Complain loses his woman, he joins a group of rebels, led by a priest named Marapper, on a quest. Marapper heads a religion that worships psychology. Jung and Freud are part of the trinity. Marapper's character of selfishness is down right roll on the ground funny at times. On their quest they run into Giants, Mutants, Forwards, Outsiders, Intelligent rats, telepathic rabbits and Moth Scouts.

    Towards the end there are a couple of chapters of fighting and burning of the ship that seems to go on far too long and there is a scene where discovering how to open trap doors comes a little to easy for me, but this is minor. The ending is a surprise and very inventive.

    This is one of the very few books were I gave the overall rating more stars then the story. In most cases I feel the story should be more important, but the narrator is so good, I believe he increases the value of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin glenpool, ok United States 07-22-14
    Martin glenpool, ok United States 07-22-14

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    "very good book,"
    What other book might you compare Non-Stop to and why?


    Heinlein's Orphans of the sky,


    What three words best describe David Thorpe’s voice?

    too British, sometimes reminded me of Monty Python sound


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 11-20-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "good "big ship" story"

    it takes a minute to get an understanding of the situation and things get more explanation the deeper you go. it seems a bit odd at first but it was interesting and kept me wondering what was going on. overall I liked it and I'll try more Aldiss. For a first novel this was very good. early on it's hard to visualize the layout but I think if it were a film they would use large corridors overgrown with plants etc. I don't want to give any more away than that.

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    Matthew White Haven, PA, United States 05-17-12
    Matthew White Haven, PA, United States 05-17-12
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    "The story that renewed my love for Sci-Fi"
    If you could sum up Non-Stop in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting. Thought-provoking. Exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique elements of the storyline. This was my first experience with Brian Aldiss. I had lost interest in science fiction over the past few years and also on fiction in general. I read an article on Earth-centric science fiction that opened my eyes to a whole new world of authors that I had heard of but never read before. This was the first story I looked into after reading the article and was completely captivated. I sought out a copy immediately after finishing the audiobook and hopefully will find an original first edition.
    The way the story develops is what I enjoyed the most. I particularly enjoyed how you have to understand the environment the characters are in through their eyes and match it with your own interpretation to understand what is going on. Aldiss develops a relationship with the reader.


    What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Coherent and well-spoken narration.


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

    I would if I could.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 03-20-12
    David United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2012

    Hellicopter Man

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    "Incongruous - But Great Story"
    Where does Non-Stop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No others tried.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Market Trader - He had a good secret.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The


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

    Never Set Your Dazer Past Stun


    Any additional comments?

    I read the paperback decades ago and wanted to read it again. Only the audible version was available. My Great Good Luck! Very nice to listen before sleep time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-27-12
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-27-12 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Ponderous!"

    Old Fashioned, slow paced, not enjoyable like modern science fiction stories usually are. Not recommended.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Roberta
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    3/2/11
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    "A classic title, very well done"

    'Non-Stop' is one of the classics of science fiction, and this telling does it real justice. Brian Aldiss is, of course, a towering figure in the genre. This was his first published novel, and although it shows a few touches of beginner's clumsiness, his genius shines through.

    The story follows the adventures of Roy Complain, a hunter belonging to the semi-nomadic Greene tribe. Right from the beginning, the astute reader (or listener) will notice a strange blend of primitive and high-tech elements in the tribe's daily life. I can't say more than that without giving it all away! Suffice it to say that Complain and his companions end up discovering exciting and painful truths about themselves, their world, and the universe.

    David Thorpe is an excellent reader with a voice that's easy to listen to. He also personifies the characters well by their voices, without over-acting. A few simple words are persistently mispronounced wherever they occur, which made me grit my teeth, but I survived! And it wasn't nearly enough to lower my opinion of this wonderful rendition of a sci-fi classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ken
    YorkUnited Kingdom
    3/4/11
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    "True or Not"

    A tale that is set in an unusual environment, the listener is never really sure until near the end, you think you know but is it or is it something completely different? Could this really happen, it?s quite possible, man?s primeval fear of strangers, something new or different are all explored in this adventure of what appears to be an ordinary man living in an extraordinary environment and his exploration of that environment. A Sci-Fi audio book that makes you thing. Highly recommended by a lover of Sci-Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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