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A Fire Upon the Deep Audiobook

A Fire Upon the Deep

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Publisher's Summary

A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought", but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.

Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.

©1992 Vernor Vinge; (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1993

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    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-22-11
    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-22-11 Member Since 2016

    If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.

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    "Good science fiction; reader has a cold"

    It's a fun and sometimes very interesting story--especially the parts on the dog-pack planet--but it's actually rather difficult to follow the story via audiobook. There are many made-up names for technology, planets, civilizations, etc. and I often wished for a paper copy to rifle back through to figure out certain things.

    The reader does a good job with voices but he seems to have had a cold for at least a couple of days of the recording. So careful-- it's distracting.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 10-24-13
    Edward Beaver Falls, PA, United States 10-24-13
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    "Could not finish - Not interesting"
    What would have made A Fire Upon the Deep better?

    A better plot and less non-stop weird names - just not interesting enough to finish


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Heinlein or Ender - something like that


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Larkin’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No offense - It had the potential to be okay -- but No


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money back...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    david 06-20-17
    david 06-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great sci-fi"

    great story, mediocre writing. the reader's voice kind of bugged me but it was compelling enough to finish anyway.

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    Danny Bekker 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "pretty good"

    this was a real book. not space high tech porn. some cool ideas about a developed universe wrapped into an interesting story.

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    sam 05-29-17
    sam 05-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Story leaves something to be desired"

    The story stayed strong through the middle chapters but leaves something to be desired In the ending. performance was on point.

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    Slem 05-09-17
    Slem 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "hard to understand"

    i think if i had read the story rather than listening to it i might have been able to get it, but i don't think i liked the story enough to read the book. I'll just wait for the inevitable movie.

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    Erik van Mechelen 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Award-winning in 1993 Hugo. Worth a read"

    if you like action/westerns with grand ideas and multiple POV characters and plot-lines from a Sci fi great.

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    Edward 12-02-16
    Edward 12-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I understand why this is a sci-fi classic"

    I loved the concept of linked consciousnesses between individual tines creatures to create awhole person.

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    G. Parish 11-04-16
    G. Parish 11-04-16 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Mostly Fantasy and not enough SciFi"

    This world/universe is solidly more fantasy than SciFi. This story is driven by the personal stories and these stories are extremely well written, however, the overall world is extremely lacking and only makes sense if the universe is ruled by magic or we are just programs on a computer. It is engaging, but I suggest buying it on a sale.

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    Darie 10-19-16
    Darie 10-19-16
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    "what an adventure!"

    Simply put, a tale that is beaming with imagination. Space has never looked so interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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