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Startide Rising: The Uplift Saga, Book 2 | [David Brin]

Startide Rising: The Uplift Saga, Book 2

When Streaker - the first starship designed and crewed by dolphins - discovers a derelict ancient armada with evidence of the first sentient species ever, she sets off a war between dozens of galactic races eager to use the information for their own advancement.
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Publisher's Summary

When Streaker - the first starship designed and crewed by dolphins - discovers a derelict ancient armada with evidence of the first sentient species ever, she sets off a war between dozens of galactic races eager to use the information for their own advancement.

New York Times best-selling author David Brin's novels stretch the imagination while providing action and thrills galore. Packed with exotic aliens and ancient mysteries, Startide Rising delivers breath-taking adventure in the grandest tradition of space opera.

©1983 David Brin; (P)2003 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1984
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1983

"This is one of the outstanding SF novels of recent years." (Publishers Weekly)
"As the plot thickens and the relationships between the characters become more complex, Wilson's narration is a calm and steady beacon." (AudioFile)

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    Charles Fayetteville, GA, USA 07-05-10
    Charles Fayetteville, GA, USA 07-05-10
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    "A Big Improvment"

    The narrator is frankly awesome but the story moves a little slow for me. Lots of description of the uplift universe but the plot develops at a snails pace. Still it is worth reading since it won the Hugo.

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    Greg Chapman 11-29-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Not good"

    I listened to the first of this trilogy and was disappointed, but I thought it would be worth it to get to this book because it had won awards. I was disappointed enough with this book that I will not complete the trilogy. The character were poorly developed and I just didn't care about them or the story.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Sparks, NY, United States 01-03-10
    John Sparks, NY, United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Innovative but..."

    In the end, for me, having dolphins as star travelers, didn't quite work. Throughout the book I kept thinking that all the extra gear (and water) needed to make them space-travel-able was so completely impractical as to be absurd - even for science fiction. This book might be better read in hardcopy due to the fact that there are so many characters I found it impossible to keep them all straight. The number of characters also made for long periods of character developement in the first half of the book. I'll definately skip the other books in this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NORTHLAKE, TX, United States 03-27-12
    Amazon Customer NORTHLAKE, TX, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2014

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    "I really wanted to like this one...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not really. Mostly because it does not resolve central question.


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

    A bigger bone thrown to this old dog concerning the central mystery would have been nice. I am trying not to spoil anything and I know that the journey is half the enjoyment in addition to the destination but we never get to the destination of knowing who the mysterious race is.


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    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 12-08-08
    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good story and good narration."

    A very original sci-fi concept (uplift), very good story and good narration.

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 07-22-08
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 07-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book well read"

    This is an old favorite book to begin with. But it's a delight read. My only issue is with the stuttering dolphins. It's written into the text but I think it could have been handled better.

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