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Arctic Rising Audiobook

Arctic Rising

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Publisher's Summary

Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth's surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice. Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped.

But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands.

©2012 Tobias S. Buckell (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Buckell represents an important force behind the genre’s change. Buckell’s work deals with complex racial issues in a way worthy of the self-proclaimed ‘literature of ideas’: head-on, with no visible flinching, while still managing to give its readers a rollicking good time.” (The Seattle Times)

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    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn Durham, NC USA 04-03-12
    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn Durham, NC USA 04-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Near/medium future climate change winners/losers"

    Thrillers aren't generally my bag, though I found a lot more to like, sf-wise, in Arctic Rising than in Neal Stephenson's ???Reamde???, another "sf/thriller" hybrid of recent memory. (This isn't a fault necessarily of ???Reamde???, it is after all set in a future as near as next year.) For ???Arctic Rising???, I very much enjoyed Smith's narration, my first experience with her as a narrator. She handled African and Afro-Caribbean accents well enough, along with a clear mainline narration, though her Russian accents left a little more to the imagination. Story-wise, an interesting and sophisticated near/medium future of a climate change with winners and losers is marred only a little by the incredulous parade of near-deaths and escapes which drive Anika to and fro. 3.5 to 4 stars, somewhere in there.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 05-28-12
    Thomas 05-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fiction concept was well thought out."

    Buckell's story line holds your interest. The narration was not quite up to par. I would consider both author and narrator again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-16-12
    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "wouldn't recommend"

    Unfortunately had to give up listening after about hour in to the story, mostly due to narrators accent. She was constantly switching to some jamaican/south american pronunciations which was very hard to understand and more so was taking away from story, which seemed to be very plain.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 09-24-15
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 09-24-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Impressive world building, plotting and action."
    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure why I put off listening to Arctic Rising other than I was busy and initially did not want to think about climate change. When I finally did get around to listening, I was impressed by the ingenuity of working it into a cohesive story. The characters, plot and action scenes were handled deftly. The shifted centers of military and economic power were believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Carlin, NV, United States 03-24-12
    Cathy Carlin, NV, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator issue"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This narrator would be excellent for children's books. I think this may have been a better listening experience if a person could tell if it was a serious story,..........or a child's fantasy book. Except for the swear words.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Salem, OR, United States 04-16-12
    Rob Salem, OR, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fast moving and great characters"

    Good book for listening. Narrative is straight forward without multiple plot linesso focus stays on story. Main character is likable and interesting. Fast paced.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 03-28-12
    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 03-28-12
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    "absolutely horrible, a waste of a credit"
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    Not only is the book a GIANT propaganda rag, it is full of these weird utopian descriptions of the near future. Everyone uses airships ie blimps. Somehow there is this extremely rapid change in climate (not weather) that somehow makes everyone in the world live a better life because of ease of access to natural resoures and the use of an orbital mirror? As always I do NOT rate the narrarator. Its not the narrators fault the book is terrible and not the authors fault if the narrarator is poor. I knew up front, given the description that it would contain environmentalist wacko theme, BUT this includes weird economic theory mixed with a bizarre global political framework. Throw in a chase to find a nuclear warhead of course, because otherwise, this book has NO plot to speak of.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 06-05-13
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "socialist book promoted as libertarian book"

    I am absolutely shocked that this book is a contender for an award from the Libertarian Futurist Society. The book has strong socialist undertones. And, anyway, the story isn't very good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Centreville, VA, United States 07-27-12
    Steve Centreville, VA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story ruined by narration."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, use another narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tobias S. Buckell? Why or why not?

    Yes. Once I got past the annoying narration, the story and concepts he introduced were very intriguing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn Michelle Smith’s performances?

    Not unless there is absolutely no other choice and I REALLY wanted to listen to the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul G. Wiegman Glenshaw, PA USA 05-24-12
    Paul G. Wiegman Glenshaw, PA USA 05-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting story, shallow narration."
    What disappointed you about Arctic Rising?

    The narrator used voices and inflections that were way out of character for the story. It's a valley girl doing science fiction OMG!


    Would you recommend Arctic Rising to your friends? Why or why not?

    Get the book and do you own narration in you head.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The characters weren't differentiated enough to follow who was talking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Good story, to a point.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting but lacked plausibility at time ..... a missile held upright with ropes?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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