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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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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 10-23-08
    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 10-23-08
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    "Getting Better"

    The light plot that hampered SUNDIVER, the first in the trilogy is more than made up for here. 250 years later we are in a more sharply defined reality, better writting, complex plot, more defined and refined concepts and a narrator in full stride. Great stuff, looking forward to the next installment

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blakely los angeles, CA, USA 03-11-09
    Blakely los angeles, CA, USA 03-11-09
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    "dolphin safe"

    i read this in college and loved it. this time around, i didn't enjoy it quite as much. the characters are a little flat, and they aren't really developed, but they are likeable (except for the bad ones!). having said that, startide rising is a lot better than most sci fi. the premise is very creative, and david brin makes a deep statement about taking care of our fellow mammals. i could have lived without him ACTUALLY STATING IT at the end of the book, but maybe he was afraid some of us missed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Third Lake, IL, USA 09-02-08
    Paul Third Lake, IL, USA 09-02-08
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    "engrossing Sci-Fi"

    This imaginative book blends hardcore science with creative speculation. As with Sundiver (which should be read first) the storyline draws you in and becomes completely believable. It is written with thoughtfulness, humor and a deep understanding of human behavior. Not to mention the psychology of clients and ETs. I wish more of this author’s novels were available on audiobooks

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 11-03-13
    Colin Detroit 11-03-13 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "Same universe, different story"

    At this point if you read the first book you should go out and get in print the book "Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe" so you can understand the different races because I had trouble with it and I assume that will help.

    If you read the first book you might be expecting it to continue where that one left off but it doesn't, I was a little confused with the first book but I liked it this one is sorta the same, I was expecting something and I got something else but it was good.

    There is a ship crewed by 150 uplifted dolphins, 7 Humans, and 1 uplifted Chimpanzee - they discover some 50,000 abandoned ships that probably belong to the "Progenitors" who uplifted the first race (but who uplifted them? I was always unclear about that one) and they find some old mummified body and take it along with data.

    The book starts with them needing to go and get repairs and the aliens battling in orbit above the planet Kithrup because everyone wants the info they have for them selves.

    Cool things happen on the planet below with the locals and some crashed ship but without giving anything away the ship Streaker gets off the planet and away with its info safe - the book jumps around lots at the end with different factions trying to either destroy, capture, or help Streaker.

    I liked this book but it wasn't a perfect 5 star for me, that is because I had trouble following things at times, with all these 6 books I had the same problem but for the most part they are good and I will probably read them again in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
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    "loved it"

    loved the universe. loved the dalphin's speech. loved the concept of uplift. some space battles...everything we need. highly recommended

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    Mike Plano, TX, United States 01-26-11
    Mike Plano, TX, United States 01-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Hardly uplifting"

    Perhaps I am spoiled, I crave imagery and plot. This has none of the former and precious little of the latter. The reader does what he can to rescue this unconvincing tome, but after all, a short story remains a short story, no matter how much landfill you pump in between the pages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brook Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States 11-02-11
    Brook Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't finish the whole thing"

    I rarely don't finish a book, but I had to let this one go about half way through. The plot has some interesting points, but takes half a book to layout just a few ideas. The character interaction is very uninteresting and strained. I just got bored with seemingly the same stuff droning on.

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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 Rainsville, AL, United States 11-29-08
    Greg Rainsville, AL, United States 11-29-08 Member Since 2001

    I'm a former college English teacher turned administrator. Still read (and listen) a lot.

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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 2008

    NV, not NY

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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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