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  • The Children of the Sky

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them - and among the humans - who seek power. And no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story isn't over yet

  • By Heidi on 11-03-11

Pacing problems and lack of focus

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

There are some interesting ideas here, but the story focuses way too much on the less interesting facets and takes way too long to get there. Definitely a bit of a disappointment

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  • Consider Phlebas

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision.

  • By Hyacinth on 04-20-12

What was the point?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Long, lots of pointless sidebars and no overriding theme or plot detected. Eminently forgettable and not worth the time.