Nemesis

A Novel
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (192 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“A totally new and original work that stretches his talents to their fullest...welcome back, champ!” (The Detroit News)

In the 23rd century, pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies. One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth: a star named Nemesis.  

Now a 15-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis poses to Earth’s people - but she is prevented from warning them. Soon, she will realize that Nemesis endangers Rotor as well. And so it will be up to her alone to save both Earth and Rotor as - drawn inexorably by Nemesis, the death star - they hurtle toward certain disaster.

©2008 Isaac Asimov (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Brilliant.

If you’re like me, do you have a very hard time finding the next best science fiction book to digest. Nemesis had the perfect amount of hard science fiction, romance, space travel, thought-provoking, questions and adventure.Hands-down unequivocally this book is worth your time. It is so beautifully written that sometimes I have to stop and just appreciate how well this book was written. I give this book all 15 stars, which is not something that I do very often. I highly recommend adding this beautiful piece of prose to your collection.

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This will always be my favorite book.

I've read it more than a dozen times, and will gladly reach for it when I am struggling to read anything else. It's nice to have an audio option in addition to my battered old paperback.

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great story, great performance

this might have been a precursor to the foundation series... the spread of humanity into the galaxy

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Decent novel, don't expect too much

It's pretty easy going task to go through the whole novel. Easy to understand and not much of going on. Seems like a great setup for larger story with more details, or could be much shorter and accomplish the same effect. I'd love if there was more developed character of you know who, don't want to spoil, it was really just glanced over, I'd love to see much more on how Asimov imagined it exist, a missed opportunity.

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Good narration but a terrible story

Overall: Another one of those "kid with superpowers is the only voice of reason and saves the day" stories. If you're looking for something with imagination and surprise, this is not it. Scott Brick is the redeeming feature. As usual he does great. Detail: No, Marlena doesn't have actual super powers, just the ability to flawlessly read minds by inflections/facial expressions/intonations, have PhD level understanding of astrophysics, unparalleled influence on people despite being universally disliked, and ultimately gets everything she wants. This all makes her "struggle" completely underwhelming and predictable. Sprinkle in the occasional "I'm sorry mama" kid talk and it's a little schizo. It's a story line that maybe could have been decent if they'd written her character out and made her mom the hero. Comes across to me as just a lazy story. Disclaimer: I only got through half and then gave up because it just got silly.

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Not Science Fiction

This story is basically about the politics and some of the social issues surrounding a problem. It could have been plugged in, in numerous situations. In this one they add some space travel and such in the periphery but it really has nothing to do with the main story and gives you no real science fiction. Narrator as always is great.

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It's ok. Better than The Gods Themselves...but...

Not on par with Foundation. The human relationships and shallow physical references weaken the story.

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Wonderful ... Asimov, revisited!

I loved this book. What a creative story and fantastic characters. One of Issac's very best.

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Good Solid Asimov

This is an engaging story and well narrated. I have only one criticism. Some of the story was predictable. The end was a bit of a twist, but not much. I feel like this wonderful author was finally running out of steam. But it is good, classic science fiction and better than most others you'll ever read.

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Great Story Material that just seemed to slip away

BUT, throughout I really enjoyed 'guessing' how the two story-timelines would converge at the end, e.g. every 10 (or so) chapters, "wow, the two story-timelines will converge this way", etc. In summary, I was entertained to the very end :-) I've listened to many Scott Brick Narrations, and as expected, he was very good.