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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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  • Lisa
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 12-26-09

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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A bit too poetic for a Sci-fi book

It's a decent Scifi book. Long, but just as the action would start the author takes you on this poetic dialog of the Asks. After awhile you get lost with a lot of words that don't help the story out.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wesley
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 03-11-10

Never again David Brin!

God bless George Wilson for trying to make this horrid book listenable. This has to be the worst writing in the SF genre I've ever encountered. It is a horrible knock off of Heinlein I've had the displeasure of being subjected to. Do you grok me? I couldn't finish this book. I got two parts in and just had to put it down.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • anthony
  • millersville, MD, United States
  • 08-01-10

Awful repetitive boring horrible story line

This book was terrible. Boring. You could see where it was going thruout the entire book. I didn't finish it. The repetitive way in which it is written is elementary and amateurish it seems like the author was trying to cover this fact with an overload ridiculous alien races and information about them.
it you have insomnia then this is ur book it will literally put you to sleep

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Had to force myself to listen

I tried to like this one. I really did. I made it thru the first three hours before I just had to stop.

The naration is horrible - the voice characterizations are annoying and frustrating - like listening to someone try to talk with a mouth full of honey.

The story wasn't any better. Plodding, fractured, and going no where.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful