We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Blue Remembered Earth Audiobook

Blue Remembered Earth

Regular Price:$38.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (671 )
5 star
 (271)
4 star
 (273)
3 star
 (100)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (15)
Overall
4.1 (616 )
5 star
 (243)
4 star
 (236)
3 star
 (103)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (14)
Story
4.4 (616 )
5 star
 (354)
4 star
 (188)
3 star
 (55)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (10)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    R. Morgan 10-03-13
    R. Morgan 10-03-13

    techno-geek

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    137
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Music was distracting"
    If you could sum up Blue Remembered Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Good story, the simplistic " Ethnic Type Music" is distracting and annoying. could have done better without it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 06-25-12
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2013

    www.newimperium.org

    HELPFUL VOTES
    754
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    187
    176
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    115
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Probably Reynolds' Weakest to Date"

    I would have to strongly disagree with the previous reviewer. I have read all published Al Reynolds that you can hold of easily Stateside, except for Terminal World, which is coming up on my reading list soon. I can say with certainty that the last few Reynolds books have fallen downhill, especially since Century Rain. This definitely cannot compare to his Revelation Space series, and I would highly recommend his best works as House of Suns, Redemption Ark and Chasm City.  But unless you're a die-hard fan who has to read EVERYTHING he writes, I would suggest you skip is one.

    I honestly am not quite sure why this book was written. There is nothing especially new here, unless you count the fact that the protagonist is African. Unless that's what you've been waiting to read for years, this book is just plain boring. I'm sorry, but I have been reading sci if long enough that descriptions of society on Mars, Phobos and the Moon, no matter how imaginative, just don't keep me riveted in and of themselves. For me, it's all about characters and plot. 

    Now, certainly the characters feel real to me. Kudos to Reynolds for creating a mostly black African dramatis personae, and seeing as he is both very white and very British, I think he did a great job making them realistic (as far as I can tell, anyway). However, that said, the characters don't really DO much of anything. The main character, as we well know from the description, just wants to keep studying elephants (and map his own brain patterns with that of elephants for some reason). Unfortunately that does NOT make an interesting story! I couldn't care less about imagining what a human looks like through an elephant's eyes.  A character needs to DO something in order for us to have a story, and they should not just be reacting to outside forces all the time.

    Then you have a society which is essentially utopic, where crime is virtually nonexistent and you cannot even throw a punch at someone without machines in your head intervening and your getting arrested. So needless to say there isn't a lot of action. 

    Another disappointing and completely unneeded element were the anti-Christian elements in this book. I don't know if Reynolds is atheist, agnostic, or anything else. But I don't read scifi to get bashed over the head with evolutionary theory and depressing philosophical arguments on the ultimate uselessness of all things. When one of the main characters laughs thinking that "she realized she was just a really smart monkey... A smart monkey who was flying to another planet in a spaceship" I just wanted to gag. Not very tactful, Al. He keeps mentioning this "smart monkey" concept too. For me, if that's all we are, then what is the point of exploring space, expanding to the stars, and preserving the human race? Such a future certainly wouldn't seem uplifting or positive at all, if everything is utterly useless and meaningless...

     Anyway, the plot is kind of a treasure hunt from place to place, with a lot of description of different societies that live in the different places we visit. Most of this is just filler material. I didn't find it that interesting. I actually listened to this book at 3x speed using the Audible app just to get through it faster.

    Also, if you care about such things, let me say that this book could have been rated a comfortable "PG" for all scifi fans, except for the repeated uses of the F-word. There is almost no swearing in this book besides the F-Word, which is used frequently by just about everyone, often in strange places where you would normally expect a different kind of curse word, but you get the F-word instead. Bon appetit.

    The ending of the book certainly makes it feel like a standalone, which I hope is the case. It feels pretty anticlimactic when compared to Reynolds' other works.

    Finally a note about the narrator. His voice matches the main characters well. He is clearly of African descent and has a pleasant British accent. However, this almost feels like it could be the first book he ever narrated. He doesn't seem able to do any accents other than that one. The books should have had multiple narrators, because the characters end up sounding very similar and hard to differentiate. Because of this I imagined every single character being African. His American accent was painfully off, and he performed one character, who is some kind of a whale, so deep and slowly that it is extremely difficult to understand what he is saying.  The narration definitely detracts from the story.  I really miss John Lee.

    For someone who has been a big Reynolds fan in the past, I am sorely disappointed in this latest offering and if it does turn out to be a trilogy I probably will not be reading the rest of this series, which I guess means I won't be reading any new Reynolds for a long time.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anees 07-31-17
    Anees 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Muffled Audio"

    Muffled audio. Poor production quality. Could hardly heat any of the 'computer generated vouces/announcements' .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ivan 03-13-17
    Ivan 03-13-17 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great world building, Slow build"

    After having read The Revelation Space Series, I enjoyed Alastair Reynolds's take on more near future science fiction. Thinking about the coming changes in government, surveillance, AI, transportation etc. technologies is one of my favorite things about Sci-Fi and this book delivers that in spades. The reason it gets a 4 overall though is that the plot reveals its

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Cascaddan 02-06-17

    GungaDan

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    107
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Remembered Earth to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    His narration is excellent. Since my eyes have gotten poor, and I mostly read audiobooks, my biggest complaint has been poor narration. But that is not the case with this narrator. I was quite pleased with his diverse accents and characterizations. Also, there was much less of the usual mispronunciation of scientific and technical terms that I find so irritating in most narrators of science fiction. Good job, Kobna.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good enough that I downloaded the second one in the series, as I approached the end, so that I could jump straight into it. Now that I am coming to the end of the second one, I plan to do the same with the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Allen 07-30-16
    Allen 07-30-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story, well told"

    The storyline has a number of twists that does not adhere to the mass production scheme of linear story telling. Things you are lead to believe are truths turn to not be so and the plot leads to an ending that is not quite what the reader would have predicted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matthew Lawson 06-04-16 Member Since 2017

    Spend all day at work listening to audiobooks. Love thrillers, mystery, but mostly lengthy science fiction.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ugh I love Reynolds!"

    Halfway through I was a little worried Reynolds chilled-out and didn't have the high octane plot of his previous novels.

    This did not disappoint.

    While it didn't have that octave necessarily, it's definitely was an AMAZING story. With the best of his writing. It still had many plot twist, no stone unturned, and suspense and awe that make you love his work.

    Great for anyone who has read all of Reynolds, and someone interested in his style. Though this is very different than his other books, maybe more high-brow but not as ridiculous. Your choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matt 03-06-16
    Matt 03-06-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pretty fantastic"

    Very interesting character development, great voice acting, and nice and long. If you buy your space opera by the pound (of by the hour, in this medium) then you won't be disappointed. Over all, would strongly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another original book from Alastair Reynolds"

    Alastair Reynolds delivers another hard science fiction book. One gets use to his original stories by now as well as his unique characters. The reader is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary Baggott United States 05-13-15
    Mary Baggott United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2006
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "difficult to get into the story and hard to unders"

    difficult to get into the story and hard to understand the narrator at the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.