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A Deepness in the Sky Audiobook

A Deepness in the Sky

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Publisher's Summary

Vernor Vinge established himself as one of our greatest living science-fiction writers with his critically acclaimed, best-selling, Hugo Award-winning novel A Fire Upon the Deep. Now he returns to the captivating universe of that book, transporting us back 30,000 years.

After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But first, both groups must wait at the aliens' very doorstep for their strange star to relight and for their planet to reawaken, as it does every 250 years

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

More than just a great science-fiction adventure, A Deepness in the Sky is a universal drama of courage, self-discovery, and the redemptive power of love.

©1999 Vernor Vinge; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2000

"This prequel to A Fire Upon the Deep demonstrates Vinge's capacity for meticulously detailed culture-building and grand-scale sf drama." (Library Journal)
"Major revelations, ironies, and payoffs.... A powerful story in the grandest SF tradition." (Amazon.com review)

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    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 12-26-10
    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to this before 'A Fire Upon The Deep'"

    Third time through. What a great book! Pham Nuwen is the bomb! Wish I would have heard this before 'A Fire Upon the Deep'. Either way, fantastic! Don't sweat it if you got this First. Both books are stand alone novels, but both are more enjoyable if you know Pham Nuwen.

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    Ryan United States 02-29-12
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    "Another winner by Vinge"

    This prequel to A Fire Upon The Deep is excellent. It takes place far before the events of AFUTD, but in the same universe and with a shared character. Story seems a bit slow at times, but the rest of it makes up for this, and it is all great.

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    Carlos T. 04-25-17
    Carlos T. 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent read"

    vernor vinge is incredibly talented and creative. The oral performance was dead on as well.

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    KN 02-02-17
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    "incredible story and one of the best narrators!"

    Incredible story and one of the best narrators I've ever heard. I wonder how many years it will be until someone turns this trilogy into movies.. you'd probably need at least 10 movies

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    Braden Wheeler OGDEN, UTAH, US 10-07-16
    Braden Wheeler OGDEN, UTAH, US 10-07-16
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    "Awesome novel"

    Loved the story. Only problems were some of the character names were so similar that I got confused from time to time. Also things like time setup such as k secs and m secs are never explained. I got confused on timelines for the book. Amazing work over all!

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    KD La Jolla, Ca United States 09-18-16
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    "One of my favorite Sci Fi stories"

    One of Vernor Vinge's two best books of all time. Complex storyline filled with human and alien treachery as well as determined and conscientious characters who must buck all odds to survive. Chock full of new and fascinating Sci Fi ideas - particularly the idea of Focus, which could just as easily emerge in any brand of fiction. Performance was terrific. Would recommend this for readers who enjoy epic Science Fiction at it's best. Wholly deserving of the Hugo Award.

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    Charles L. Gilmore III Carson, CA USA 06-30-16
    Charles L. Gilmore III Carson, CA USA 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and performance IMHO."

    I applaud this book. It took me a while to get started with it, however I thoroughly enjoyed it at the end. The story was engrossing; simple yet complex. I loved it.

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    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 06-22-16
    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent story with interstellar scope!"

    Neatly extending the story of the hero of A Fire Upon the Deep, this excellent book has interstellar scope while never sacrificing personal closeness. Bravo.

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    Budd Turner 06-19-16
    Budd Turner 06-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Born a "Boomer". Joined the "Now" generation. Recently realized Now has become Then.

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    "Epic Space opera"

    Again Vinge weaved multiple converging cultures and stories to build an epic story.
    Larking did a good job giving the different characters identifiability, but this solo performance could have been a true opera with a fuller cast of male & female voices.

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    Lars 06-02-16
    Lars 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic gripping story"

    I loved the way the book kept giving me new an fantastic twists and turns

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