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Sundiver Audiobook

Sundiver: The Uplift Saga, Book 1

For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth?
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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling, highly regarded works of contemporary science fiction. Beginning with Sundiver, Brin provides an intriguing exploration of humanity's future in the universe.

For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth? The answer to this mystery might be as close as our own sun, but it will take a daring dive into its fiery interior to know for sure.

Sundiver begins David Brin's thoughtful, exhilarating exploration of a future filled with an imaginative array of strange alien races, dazzling scientific achievements, and age-old enigmas.

©1980 David Brin; (P)2001 Recorded Books

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    David Clyde, NC, USA 04-11-08
    David Clyde, NC, USA 04-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "The very best!"

    If you enjoy AC Clarke, Brim will thrill you. One of the greatest true science fiction writers I have read in the last 25 years.
    His awards through the years are ssoooo well deserved. The more you are aquainted with real science, the more you will love Brim's works!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Auckland, New Zealand 12-16-12
    Mark Auckland, New Zealand 12-16-12
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    "Great ideas and mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Sundiver the most enjoyable?

    The unusual nature of the subject material, delivered in a way that made it seem like complete sense. Characters were compelling and complex


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wilson has to account for a variety of species and personality types and does a fantastic job. He stays away from caricature and delivers both aliens and humans perfectly.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Toronto, ON, Canada 05-13-10
    David Toronto, ON, Canada 05-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Below average and disappointing"

    I purchased this recording based on having enjoyed reading Brin's book "Earth."(Yes people really did that once!) I found the plot of "Sundiver" weak, the characters thin and the narrative stilted. Sorry - I don't think it warrants the 3.5 stars that it appears to have. In all seriousness, if offered to a publisher now, it would probably not see the light of day.

    The performance by George Wilson is good, apart from a couple of amusing spoonerisms.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tavi 05-24-16
    Tavi 05-24-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "Oh but the possibilities"

    I have read and listened to this story many times over the years and each time I do it seems so smart, original and new. So many interesting plots, sub-plots; characters are developed enough to keep you longer for more and more.

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    Emmett 02-11-16
    Emmett 02-11-16
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    "Disappointing"

    The sign of a great audio book is that you sit in the car listening for several minutes
    after you park it. By that definition, this book is mediocre. I always parked the car and got out immediately. I did listen to it, waiting patiently for it to introduce something thought provoking. But that's all I did, wait. It never happened. And I did not give up on it either. It was acceptable enough that I listened to it in one take.

    Generally, I like David Brin's work. So Sundiver seemed like one of those must reads.
    The main character was basically the "smartest man on earth" plus baggage who just happens to come from a family of smart people who are all well beyond over achievers.

    The story was less sci-fi and more whodunit with aliens sprinkled in. The sci-fi parts were hand wavy and not in a good way. This was more like a 50's gumshoe novel with a beautiful smart dame, except that this dame is completely self sufficient.

    The story just never came together for me.

    The performance was VERY good. Kudos Mr. Wilson. Various characters from different species. Your work made the characters come to life as best they could.

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    Jean Carrieres 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes hard scifi, with credible aliens and strong plots. David Brin doesn't hold your hand or explain his jokes--he treats you as an intelligent reader, capable of figuring out by yourself the humor of a situation. A rare thing in SF.


    What other book might you compare Sundiver to and why?

    There are elements of Sundiver (and of the whold Uplift trilogy) that remind me of Asimov's Foundation series, in the sense that a "band of curious and investigative humans" are set against a backdrop of complacency and intellectual conformism. Otherwise, it's hard to compare Brin's books to anyone else's--few authors are as lucidly optimistic about the human race and its future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story is riveting and the premise intriguing: there's a spaceship, and it dives into the sun, which humans suspect is haunted. I may not have a specific favorite scene, but let's not kid around, here--this by itself is a fascinating and gripping premise.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Overall, while I may not have cried or laughed while listening to this, the whole "universe" and backdrop kept me interested from beginning to end. The whole status of the human race as (potentially) a self-evolved race (rather than being uplifted) is a very clever concept and made me feel oddly proud of my race and its achievements. This is something very rare in modern SF, where human-bashing is the norm. Brin stands against that and offers a refreshing view of ourselves.


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    jason 08-18-15
    jason 08-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Really slow start, but if you really like sf"

    Really slow start, but if you really like sf you will enjoy the ending 1/3rd of the book. Also the language is a bit dated.

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    J. Pang Earth 04-28-15
    J. Pang Earth 04-28-15 Member Since 2010

    Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.

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    "Great concepts, but damn narrator's mouth noises!"

    Classic great scifi. Credible source. Unexpected sophistication. Great science explanations. Good ethical considerations. Less relevant than contemporary transhumanism, but in the neighborhood.

    Narrators mouth noises anger me. I don't pay to hear you swallow. You just cost the author my continued listening of this series.

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    Gerco 03-08-15
    Gerco 03-08-15
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    "Good book, poor production"

    Good book and a decent narrator. Unfortunately, the production value is not nearly as good. Swallows and other sounds are audible and very annoying.

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    Donald G. Dennis MD 02-13-14
    Donald G. Dennis MD 02-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A bright light in science fiction"
    Would you listen to Sundiver again? Why?

    Once I've listened to the entire series I'll absolutely listen to this story again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An excellent start to the Uplift series Sundiver gives the barest glimpse of galactic civilization and the uniqueness of Brin's perspective. These aliens are well worth exploring, but never judge them by your drives and desires.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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