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Blue Remembered Earth Audiobook

Blue Remembered Earth

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Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

©2012 Alastair Reynolds (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 04-30-16
    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 04-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous narration, detailed and interesting story"

    This book was found because I enjoy the narration of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and was looking for another enjoyable performance of an audio book.

    What a great story! The intricate details and descriptions along with the fantastic narration made this a wonderful experience. If I was interrupted, I would be sure to go back and go over the part I just missed. It was that good.

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    Joel M Cohen 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great book!"

    well written, brilliantly conceived, terrific narration. loved the approach taken to near-future connectivity. downloading the sequel asap!

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    Amazon Customer 03-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "great job on the storyline"

    was hard at first to get into but after a few chapters really got into it

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    Brian 01-23-15
    Brian 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Disappointed"

    the story lacks direction. many great ideas that didn't fit well. very boring characters. I wasn't even interested until the very end when I could see the whole picture. At that point I'm usually blown away by Al's work. Not this time.

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    MJC 01-08-15
    MJC 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Reynolds"

    As stated by previous reviewers, this story needed a rolling start to turn the engine over. Once started, however, this story is classic Alistair Reynolds. Colorful prose, excellent character development, and a good story to boot. You won't be sorry when you get this title.

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    Tim Rogers Taylors, SC United States 08-08-13
    Tim Rogers Taylors, SC United States 08-08-13
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    "My favorite Reynolds book, with a great narrator"

    This is probably the best book I've listened to from audible, when you combine quality of the narrator and quality of the text. The narrator is absolutely the best I've heard -- he does voices well, and his voice fits this text perfectly. The book is also very strong, especially in the way it presents a very distinct view of the future without spending a lot of time expostulating on how we got there; I've enjoyed other Reynolds books, but this one is smart, engaging, and subtle in many interesting ways. And there's a mystery! Or eight!

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    Rodger Springfield, IL, United States 07-26-13
    Rodger Springfield, IL, United States 07-26-13
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    "It Takes Awhile To Get Going"
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    This is an unusual book. I've never read or listened to anything quite like it. Alastair Reynolds has to be my favorite writer Sci-fi still in the business. I loved his earlier works like Chasm City and Pushing Ice. This is entirely different, but still eventually in the Reynolds style. But with this book I had to keep at it. Honestly, I was about to give up a few hours into it. If it hadn't have been Reynolds I would have. I would have missed out. Once this book finally gets going it is a good one! I don't know that it's great, and I still prefer his earlier, Revelation Space series, but this book rewards nicely for sticking around.

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    Kim 01-16-13
    Kim 01-16-13
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    "Different, but good"

    This is quite different in style and tone from the usual work of Alastair Reynolds, but the story was good. The narrator delivered the story well, and did a good job of bringing the characters to life.

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    N. R. Gawlak 12-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Politically Correct"

    I've read most of what Allistair Reynolds has published...some more than once.
    I've rated him as one of the best hard core SF writers ever. His major characters are often "different". Heroes and villains are as likely to be female as male with various
    degrees of sex, color, species differences and artifacts often added on. Even as truly different as some of his main characters were, I have never before gotten the impression that he was forcing them into being politically correct stereotypes. That is the impression I get in this novel.
    The good guys, male and female, (almost too good to be true, in some cases) are African and black sounding, or clearly homosexual with contemporary nilistic outlooks while the bad guys are made to sound like mostly white, male Afrikaners and and are comletely contemptible, evil, money grubbers. The heroic types seem motivated only by a one dimensional need to do "good" (as defined by contemporary standards like ...save the elephants...for instance).
    Of course, in their quest to do these good deeds, the author does not bind them to
    to any special respect for preexisting norms and rules that get in their way, except those imposed by the villains. Both sides are also very rich, which seems to be, in a almost
    contradictory fashion, a perfectly acceptable reason to allow them to do what they please.
    As I've said, I can enjoy heroes and villains, any sex, any color, any background...if
    the writer can make me believe that they are real "human beings" even if that
    isn't exactly what they are. Reynold's has done that very thing with pigs, among a number of other not so human creatures, in some of his other works. Their human attributes...good and bad and neither...seemed not only richly complex but to be natural parts of their nature.
    The problem with this novel for me is that the characters in these pages are caricatures of politically correct stereotypes. That makes it impossible to care about
    what they seem to care about. And what they care about, of course, drives the whole story. John Lee does a good job with the narration, as usual.
    Overall, this is not a Reynold's novel I would consider reading a second time.

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    Amazon Customer Orange County, CA 07-07-12
    Amazon Customer Orange County, CA 07-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story--Awesome New Narrator"

    This is my third Alastair Reynolds novel. The other two I listened to were narrated by John Lee. He's okay, but not one of my favorites. However, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a narrator I will be looking out for in the future. He's phenomenal. There's an epilogue that's told in first-person plural where the narrator mixes the voices of the characters who are telling that part of the story. It sounds so interesting and I can't imagine any other narrator who could pull it off so well. It could have ended up being either confusing or hokey, but it was neither.

    As for the story, I thought it was very good. It's not like the other Alastair Reynolds books I've listened to, but it's good on its own terms. There were a couple of times when I wanted to slap the characters and tell them to think a bit harder. It took quite a while for them to realize that Eunice was sending them on a treasure hunt. It wasn't the most original story, and it did have some fairly predictable moments, but it was very well done.

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