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Shades of Earth Audiobook

Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel, Book 3

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh - to build a home - on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet.
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The final book in the trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Beth Revis!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh - to build a home - on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed - friends, family, life on Earth - will have been meaningless.

©2013 Beth Revis (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 12-23-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2014

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "Male reader in mid 40's"

    I really liked the first book! The second book was a bit of a disappointed. Book three here was better however (but not anywhere near as good as book one.)

    I know this is teen/YA so I've kept that in mind when listening to it. It's a bit hard for me to review because of that. For me... all-in-all I liked the series; but there were just some things that were too silly.

    As I said in my review of "A Million Suns" the tone of the series seemed to change starting with book 2. I wished these final two books followed the tone of the first book which wasn't as silly - but again... I know the series isn't geared towards middle aged men :)

    So for the teen/YA readers I think you will really like this series. For you older readers, the story is good, you just have to remember that it is teen/YA.

    These are the same narrators as book two and I liked the performances a lot more in this book, especially the male narrator. His delivery of Elder was very flat in book 2. It was a little better in book 3 and his other voices were great. I really liked his Lt.Colonel Martin.

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    Robin Rains 02-10-16
    Robin Rains 02-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "BEST SCI FI SERIES EVER!!"

    I have ever enjoyed a series more than this one. It was completely captivating. There's no way you can't be complexity swept up in the characters & story, intense & deeply emotional on every level I never saw most of the ploy coming by & that is rare for me. I hope she continues

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    Allison W. 01-18-16
    Allison W. 01-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "unabridged version is missing about 4 chapters!"

    good book but super annoying that some of the chapters are missing! the book says chapter 72 but then goes straight to chapter 74! there are about 5 chapters missing toward the end!

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    Naomi Texas 12-15-15
    Naomi Texas 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Conclusion to the series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they wanted to finish the series, then yes. If they didn't much care what happens after the second book, then I could just as easily give them a synopsis. The book was good and parts of it were gripping, but it felt very long and badly paced. By the end when they finally wrap up all the stuff it felt rushed and kinda out of nowhere. Overall, it was okay.


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

    I felt a little annoyed at how quickly everything concerning the mystery of what was going on was wrapped up. There were a few events near the end of the book that seemed to make the whole plot of the second book feel pointless.
    Also, near the end where I imagine there were blank pages, was a great thing to hear. It made that moment feel really powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it was funny that the first audio book had different voice actors to the last two, and the last book cover was so dramatically different to the first two.

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    Brenda Lezama Athens, TN United States 09-15-15
    Brenda Lezama Athens, TN United States 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good!"

    The whole trilogy was very entertaining!! Shades of earth is a fantastic conclusion to the story. It has twist and turns and clues and space with science hybrids and wow just so much cool stuff you will want to finish it up to see what happens!

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    Annissa 06-10-14
    Annissa 06-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I like Doctor Who.

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    "A logical conclusion"

    There's nothing surprising about this book, especially if you're familiar with past colonial expeditions on earth, specifically the British colonization of the New World. This book is clearly the weakest of the three. It's not bad, but it's not particularly good either. Predictable and in places a little annoying, this book might have been improved with different narrators. I found both performances way too flat.

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    Cozy Reader Canada 11-18-13
    Cozy Reader Canada 11-18-13

    Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.

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    "A Great Conclusion"

    Please Note: This review refers to events in the first two books, Across the Universe and A Million Suns, but no spoilers to the conclusion of this series.

    In the final book in this series, Elder and Amy have left Godspeed with those that want to start a new life on Centuri-Earth and of course, all the military and scientists still frozen in the cryo chambers. Those that have elected to stay on Godspeed remain behind, and Elder and Amy look to the future. They know they will face monsters on Centuri-Earth, creatures they’ve never met before, but they know it is a risk they have to take. However, what they don’t expect is to face a war with the “frozens”, those that were selected for this mission with military and science backgrounds, who are determined to take over control and make all the decisions. With Amy’s father, taking the role as leader, Commander Martin and Elder come up against each other as they fight for their lives not just amongst each other but the monsters (and possibly aliens) on Centuri-Earth.

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I don’t read that much YA science fiction, despite being a huge fan of adult science fiction. I love the concept of this book – a ship being sent hundreds of years to colonize another planet. Amy was awoken before her time from her cryo chamber and a power war raged on the ship Godspeed. Now that is all behind her, as she and Elder land on Centuri-Earth.

    Starting with the landing on Centuri-Earth to the fight with the monsters, aliens and internal fighting with Commander Martin, every second of Shades of Earth was action packed. I literally couldn’t stop listening to the audiobooks as my heart sped up with all the adventure, betrayals and emotions in this final book in the series. The plot twists were aplenty, and there were some that I predicted and some that I didn’t even see coming. However, I enjoyed every second of it and loved the conclusion.

    Amy as a character has grown on me, and it really wasn’t until Shades of Earth that I started to like Elder. In the previous two books he seemed a little immature and whiny, but really came into his own on Centuri-Earth making those tough decisions that only a leader can make.

    Shades of Earth was a great conclusion to this trilogy. I don’t want to go in too much about the monsters and aliens as I don’t want to spoil this for readers, but I did like all the twists and turns and how it turned back to events that happened on Godspeed, with the Phydus.

    I read the first two books in this series and opted to listened to the audiobook for the final book and wow! I loved the narrators. I’m glad they chose to have a female narrator for Amy and a male narrator for Elder, and I thought they both did a exceptional job with this fast-paced story.

    All in all a very enjoyable listen and I can’t wait to see what Beth Revis delivers next.

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    Nicki 10-05-13
    Nicki 10-05-13
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    "Shades of Earth"
    Any additional comments?

    The last few chapters of Elder's side of the story is missing from this download

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    Melissa Eden 05-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Disappointing Final Installment"
    What would have made Shades of Earth better?

    A more series-faithful plot and a more interesting performance.


    Would you recommend Shades of Earth to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't...although I loved the first two installments, I found this one dull and out-of-sequence.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A dull, flat performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shades of Earth?

    I don't know that there are scenes I would cut, but I would definitely make some overall changes.


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    David Hurwitz 03-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Continues a Good Story"

    As an older adult, I'm not usually a fan of young adult literature. That being said, I enjoyed this series immensely. Unlike many sci fi authors, Beth Revis has fleshed out her main characters quite well. She has also raised and handled well a number of important issues: leadership competency, personal growth, racism, tolerance, and love. Quite a lot on the plate for a young adult series. Shades of Earth is brutal, not ultimately perfectly satisfying in its conclusion (like life.) But it is consistent with the rest of the story and tightly told. Sometimes the thrill-a-minute-pace, carnage and implausibility is a bit much for the reader, but overall the series ranks as one of the better ones I have read. The series is good enough that I can overlook the somewhat silly plot devices required to move the story along: such as the shippers not knowing that Godspeed was orbiting Centauri Earth in Book 2. Rather than carp at the fact that the ending is a bit inconclusive, fans of the series should hope that Ms Revis writes another sequel at some point in the future.

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