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Sundiver Audiobook

Sundiver: The Uplift Saga, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bill Lees Summit, MO, United States 03-30-11
    Bill Lees Summit, MO, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Bought all three listened to only this one"

    I bought the trilogy after the repeated recommendation of a friend. However, I only listened to the first when I realized I would not be listening to anymore. --

    In the entire first half of the book (8 hours) there is only one action scene, there is no real significant character dialogue, and I wasn't invested in the characters. I fought myself to finish. --

    This book attempts to stress the Science in Science Fiction, but the science is so dated that it gave the story a shelf-life. This is not always the case with older scifi, but it is definitely what happened here, the story was too weak to support the setting, and the book was obviously written to express the setting. --

    The reader lacked any real emotion in his delivery, but does a good job making you aware who is talking with all but the female characters. The recording would have benefited from some editing. There are too many times I hear the reader make large swallows (I actually believe he was taking a drink) and other issues that made the production feel sloppy. --

    I reserve 1 star ratings for works that I cannot bring myself to finish, so this is the lowest rating I could give.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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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    Brian 01-11-17
    Brian 01-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "total waste of time for me. sorry"

    didnt finish. struggled to get half way. was a wate of mone th for me.
    presentation was ok. bu th half wag through still didnt have a grip on the plot. obviously not my ad ort of sci fi

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    Martin the Engineer 10-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good in a Series of Greats"

    Not as good as Startide Rising, but very comparable. See my review for the aforementioned for more detail.

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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-19-16
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-19-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting premise for the world - a little borin"
    Any additional comments?

    The setup and premise of this series of books is pretty good But this particular book was often pretty boring. It had some good part at the end but overall it was hard to get through. Glad I listened to it at 1.25X. I heard the next book in the series is much better. Probably be a while until I actually read it though - still not recovered from this books slow pacing.

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    Matthew Hintzen 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The intro to a saga of joy"

    No matter how many times I've read, or now listened to, this book I get swept away in the story.

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    Tavi 05-24-16
    Tavi 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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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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