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Brightness Reef Audiobook

Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

David Brin, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Sundiver, crafts Brightness Reef, a luminous gem of science-fiction literature.

Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

©1995 David Brin; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Immensely appealing, leaving readers hungry for more." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Siddhis USA 09-15-10
    Siddhis USA 09-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Unbearable"

    5-year Sci-fi/Fantasy Unabridged Audiophile

    Only once in that five years have I found a more awful book. As with other reviewers, I concur that the narrator should be commended for making the attempt.

    Summary: Poorly written and a story poorly told.

    The planet, context (time & place), and characters are poorly developed. From the first paragraph David fails to connect with the reader on an intellectual or emotional level -- 4 hours later it is mere background noise.

    The topics and conflicts aim at an impressionable 8th grade level reader in an American/Western European society that feels guilt for their very existence. e.g. We should not be on this pristine ecological planet, lets see if we can get the enlightened galactics to come down and punish us. When David adds in,
    1) evil lying humans that arrive to disrupt the otherwise peaceful planet, and
    2) multiple alien races Polyanishly united theologically by homage paid to a stone
    the result is a perfect handbook for John Muir followers. If this appeals to you, then this may be your book.

    Though poorly executed, the story concept is brilliant. Stowaways on a planetary level -- unique. Ecological restoration through planetary level crop rotation-like resting cycles - insightful.

    Looking for epics that work? Try Robert Jordan (Eye of the World), Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth - first 3-4 books before they get tedious) and Brandon Sanderson (Way of Kings) for Fantasy and Mike Resnick (Any), Lois McMaster Bujold (Vorkosigan
    Saga) and John Ringo (Any)

    I wanted to like this. I could not. It may well be that it gets better after 4-hours. I could not make myself trudge through to find out.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    OCD 11-22-09
    OCD 11-22-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Unworthy of publication."

    Both the story and the narration are unworthy of publication.

    I tried listening to the "story" and not the narrator, to no avail.

    The combination of the stories tedious descriptions and the narrators monotone (dull) delivery where to much for me.

    I used a single "credit" on this audio-book thinking what did I have to lose, only to discover my time is what was lost.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    C. Pierce Royal Oak, MI United States 08-05-16
    C. Pierce Royal Oak, MI United States 08-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Flat or annoying. Could not finish."

    The story involves at least 6 distinct species right off, and four of them are presented in breathless, annoying verbal fashion; the "our gang" gimmick gets really old, really fast; and the plot doesn't really develop even after the first hour. No empathy for anyone in the first hour at all.

    Given that, I'll pass on the rest.

    In Brin's other books, there was a fair amount of world building and conflict development. Plus the characters were interesting. Here the conflicts are telegraphed, the world building is non existent, and it would fall flat without an annoying audio performance on top to render it unbearable instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Lino Lakes, MN, United States 03-17-16
    Phillip Lino Lakes, MN, United States 03-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "B-O-R-I-N-G"

    I'm sure some people have wondered what would happen if you stranded several diverse alien species on a planet with preindustrial technology, but I am not one of them. This book was boring! And there is so little action. It just goes on and on with the antics of people living without electricity. The actual plot points are buried deep under manusia. I also don't like kids, so the Alvin plot line really got on my nerves. In my opinion, this book is not worth listening to. Just read the summary on Wikipedia.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Dearie New Orleans, LA USA 09-25-15
    B. Dearie New Orleans, LA USA 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome addition to the Uplift series"

    If you have listened to any of the uplift series and liked it, this is no different on that regards. The story is massive and enthralling and the reader makes it even more entertaining with the different voices and intonations and speech patterns of the various characters and aliens. Buy it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 01-20-15
    Bill 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring, Redundant"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This whole series could have been done in one book.


    What was most disappointing about David Brin’s story?

    The story is filled with meaningless filler.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

    I don't think any narrator could have made this better


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am very disappointed


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 05-03-14
    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine a serious scfi reader that could get into it.


    Has Brightness Reef turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not series as there are many that I enjoy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brightness Reef?

    The book is not worth reading


    Any additional comments?

    I probably will not load this authors books into my library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Patrick RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The story line did not hold my attention."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It is a long invovled series and there are some very interesting twists. The book does have some interesting analogies but it simply took too long to get there.


    What was most disappointing about David Brin’s story?

    I wanted to find out what the dolphins found but the book took too long to set it up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices were very annoying.


    What character would you cut from Brightness Reef?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Sci Fi but I am not interested in the up lift of animals. The dynanmics between the alien races was interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh 03-02-12
    Hugh 03-02-12

    OmegaVoyage

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    "Children folklore disguised as science fiction"
    What would have made Brightness Reef better?

    Kept waiting for a story that did not happened


    What could David Brin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stick to one main story that mattered


    What three words best describe George Wilson’s voice?

    Very good narration, the only thing that was good about the book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brightness Reef?

    All the children school adventure and useless characters that did nothing that mattered to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Houston, TX, USA 12-26-09
    Lisa Houston, TX, USA 12-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your credits for something listenable..."

    This is the first review I've written even though I've listened to many many scifi books. The narrator should be commended for trying to make a listenable performance out of goobly gook.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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