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Between the Strokes of Night

Narrated by: Melissa Edris
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The author of Sight of Proteus and The Selkie brings a unique brand of sci-fi to this riveting story. To long-established worlds of starfaring humans come the Immortals - beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in a day - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.

©2002 Charles Sheffield (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent and creative story. Decent narration.

If you could sum up Between the Strokes of Night in three words, what would they be?

FIrst a disclaimer: I am a fan of hard science fiction and of Charles Sheffield in particular. Although there are works of his that I have liked more than Between the Strokes of Night, it is an excellent stand-alone story. Sheffield creates an entirely internally consistent universe and I appreciate that he does not feeling an obligation to engage in long expository to explain every last element. The characters are rich. Melissa Edris's narration does not do the novel the justice it deserves but neither does it completely detract from it. It annoyed me that she did not know how to pronounce some fairly mainstream words which were not neologisms of Sheffield's. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and am delighted that Audible has added several of Sheffield titles that they had not offered before.

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It's all about the concept

Honestly this was wasn't the greatest writing example when it comes to characters. Though I did get semi invested in some of them. And as stated the narration was so-so, though it wasn't as bad as some other reviewers reported. The true appeal of the story is the intriguing ideas on his humanity may tackle both space and time.

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very interesting but poor narrator

i kept thinking of Matrix mixed with Inception and Aldis' Nonstop with a little 2001... I liked the story and the science gets a little mind bending trying to keep track of the "reality" situation at times but I liked the ideas behind it and the keeping humanity alive genre of space exploration. there's even a little Hunger Games bit that pops up. I'm not a fan of the narrator though. she mispronounced words and read very uninspired. a more dynamic narrator would have sped the novel up a tad and made it more enjoyable. I would try another of Sheffield. though i do have to say that the writing style itself is not very exciting. in general I think that many scifi authors have great ideas, but lack the writing style that would push their novels into the next level of literature. when you run across one where the style and ideas exist on high levels those works stand out and deservedly become classics with the added depth, i'm thinking of F451 and Childhood's End and 1984 and others that you can return to repeatedly and keep interpreting.

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  • NM
  • 11-03-18

Great Hard SF book and narration was ok.

This title began as four-piece Novella in Analog long long ago. That was then re-worked into a novel, which was then updated in 2002 to reflect an updated understanding of what we {know} of the universe. I was lucky enough to meet the author at a book signing, and this title was the book I took along to get signed. When I was first puzzling over getting an Audible subscription, I noticed this title was available and so I joined up.

Yes, the narration could be better, but it for me it doesn't distract from the story. The story itself is somewhat unique in that it takes place over the span of several thousand years, but through the plot-device of extending/elongating human lifespans is able to get around the length of time needed for interstellar travel at sub-light speeds while still staying with the same characters throughout the course of the story.

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A good SF book from Sheffield, very poor narration

Would you listen to Between the Strokes of Night again? Why?

A good story, well written, but read without any sense of intonation or interest or anything. I will not listen to this again; but I would read it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Edris?

Just about anyone; my cat is unemployed at the moment.

Any additional comments?

Mr Sheffield is a very good SF writer with a solid scientific background. The reader is so bad that it reduces the story to a bunch of unrelated words. This one will be returned to Audible before I get to part 2.

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  • Rodger
  • Springfield, IL, United States
  • 04-13-13

Good Book. Extremely Poor Narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have read this book and it is very good, but the audio book version is awful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Strokes of Night?

none

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Edris?

Victor Bevine anyone else. this awful

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

none

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  • James Burkill
  • 09-21-18

One of the best books I have ever read

This book relentlessly fits the hard science fiction definition given in the prologue. No faster than light travel and a novel means by which to engage in interstellar travel without breaking the laws of physics.

A lot of hard science fiction authors make the mistake of giving detailed science explanations that lapse into a science lesson, distracting for the story. Not this book. In this case the author's relentless research has been used to set the scene and provide an as-scientifically-accurate-as-possible picture of a interstellar space-bearing civilisation. Where explanations are required, they're brief and not overly technical.

Unfortunately, as others have suggested, the narration isn't great. But once you get into the story, it is barely noticeable.