©2007 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
The way the story all tied together. The three books are very different but the main message seemed to be the indomitable strength of the human spirit to never give up.
Give it a happier ending? Then it wouldn't be the same book though, right?
He is always wonderful, his nuances on different words and characters he portrays are certainly his greatest strengths.
The ending. Three women coming together, all I can say without being a spoiler.
Arthur C Clarke was able to take all of his works and tie them into this trilogy. The firstborn from 2001 and the space elevators from Fountains of Paradise and even a bit of Rama thrown in.
I am very happy I took the time to listen to this trilogy, it helps me to remember that maybe humans aren't the greatest things in the universe, but we may be the most tenacious!
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The story starts with a reminiscing of 2001- A Space Odyssey and moves into a world of puzzles and paradoxes. Then folds neatly into a chronicle of mysterious aliens and an apocalypse threatening humankind. To comment on the story would give away the twists and turns of the plot, so I won’t, but all three books are worth owning. I encourage getting all three in the series.
One point of contention...as in most all space faring Sci-Fi books, Canada is conspicuous by its absence in this story. As a prominent space faring nation with long ties to NASA and the ESA, Canada contributes to the exploration in space as well as any other country and more. Canada is never really mentioned. Egypt, Sri Lanka and African nations are held up as more predominant in peaceful space exploration ...really? And Russia – always the “sort of” poor cousin that shows up family dinners. Maybe it’s a marketing decision for the U.S. audience.
Still a worthwhile series of audio books to have.
Every book is worth considering. It's the kind of consideration on what to do with the book that differs.
An excellent finale for the trilogy.
Let's be honest: If you followed the story so far, you might as well finish it.
Excellent read. A little over my head with some of the scientific theories, but still an enjoyable read. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
I read all three of the books in this series, hoping they would improve. They didn't. The plot moves along in a tedious, jerky fashion with long sections of flatulent dialogue that would be meaningful only if it were to be converted into a soap opera. Not porno, just pages and pages of meaningless, politically correct psychobabble. Clarke's science is weak, as it is in all his books. Lots of bashing of all his pet peeves, as he always does. I bought this last book out of desperation for something to read. Shame on me.
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