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House of Suns Audiobook

House of Suns

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Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

Not only are Campion and Purslane late for their 30-second reunion but they have also brought along an amnesiac golden robot for a guest. But the wayward shatterlings get more than the scolding they expect: they face the discovery that someone has a very serious grudge against the Gentian line, and there is a very real possibility of traitors in their midst. The surviving shatterlings have to dodge exotic weapons while they regroup to try to solve the mystery of who is persecuting them and why---before their ancient line is wiped out of existence forever.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Paul 11-21-14
    Paul 11-21-14
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    "My personal favorite Reynolds novel"
    If you could sum up House of Suns in three words, what would they be?

    Bravo Reynolds, Bravo


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hesperus
    If a machine was self aware, what would it act like? Hesperus. In my personal opinion "he" is the most interesting character that I've encountered while reading (or being read to in this case). It's not that this book is a literary masterpiece or anything (though it is), but he certainly did make my imagination kick into overdrive. He'd be a great character to star in another novel (hint).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end. I won't spoil it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a little long for a single sitting. Also, it's an attention commander. I needed a quiet place to fully immerse myself into it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a single sitting book. It's an "I wish this were 10x longer" book. I'll probably read it once every few years until I die.

    Don't take my word for it, listen for yourself!

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    Amazon Customer 05-26-14

    Edwin & Allison

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    "Don't wait to buy"
    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy all of John Lee's performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    After the first hour it really picks up and i didn't want to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited to by thus I wasn't sure if it would be good or not. It is great i finished it in less then 3 days.

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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 04-11-14
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 04-11-14 Member Since 2008

    Doctor of misanthropy

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    "Pretty straight-up Reynolds"

    I don't know if I'll ever be able to mentally separate Reynolds' writing from Lee's narration, but I have to say that I quite enjoy the combination.

    This is pretty standard Reynolds fare, with his usual dollop of inventive future visualizations and a unique approach to what he imagines could be our future history.

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    james newport news, va, United States 12-03-13
    james newport news, va, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Imagine William Shatner dubbing everyone"
    What did you like best about House of Suns? What did you like least?

    Good focus on a rational mystery but the poor performance of the reader made characters indistinguishable from one another - until a sentence or two was spoken. One never knew who was speaking (after a pause) so was confusion intended?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I never connected to a character since most were killed off and the main character was bi-gender as with the thinking machines.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    A computer would have read better. Better means some inflection and tone changes from character to character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    depends on the cast


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    George 10-02-13
    George 10-02-13
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    "Silent "R"s"

    Drama over millions of years and millions of miles. For awhile, I thought it might be a romeo and juliet, but not so. There were several trajectories and each did not seem to come together. It was a long listen and the narrator carried a thick Brit accent and I began to wonder about the missing "R": "dark" sounded like "dock." The book finally ended and I don't think I'd listen to another if this is a series.

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    Sara darby, MT, United States 09-17-13
    Sara darby, MT, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good"

    One of the authors better books, would like to see the story in this universe continue. John Lee's performance was excellent as always.

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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 09-13-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hungry for More"
    Any additional comments?

    In no way am I experienced enough in the genre to critique a Science Fiction title. I read science fiction for a couple of years way back in the mid 80's. And tried again 5 years ago with the Mars Trilogy (which I did not finish)The book delivers engaging Hard Sci-fi and solid Opera. It was satisfying in that regard.However, I felt as though the book had a Fantasy feel about it. For my taste I would have liked to learn more about the authors idea of regular people.The human part of this story is mainly focused on the Gentians. 6 million year old clone people. Although this span of time is required to tell the story, the hard sci fi describing this ability was lacking, convenient and not very thought provoking. Don't get me wrong. Much of the explanations of technology were fantastic.So when I say "Hungry for More" in my headline. I'm not talking about another book. I just wanted more from this one.

    I will buy more from this author.John Lee is great (as usual)

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    Julius Butcher 08-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best Reynolds, but still OK"

    I'm always amazed at the scale Alistair Reynolds applies in his books. In the House of Suns he exceeds even himself. Campion and Purslane travels across galaxies, through millions of years. It puts my imagination to test.
    The book has a lot of compelling ideas, also awesome aliens (like the giant librarians, or the golden machine man). The story is interesting.
    In some places I found the book too long, too detailed, sometimes repetitive. By the end it annoyed me a little bit that every character talked in same, very accurate, punctual way, like everyone was an English teacher.

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    Diana Zou 04-26-13
    Diana Zou 04-26-13

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    "Rediscover the potential of intelligent machines"
    If you could sum up House of Suns in three words, what would they be?

    inspiring, ascending, think big


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like its ending, that we were finally allowed to meet the representative of the ancient, first race of the intelligent machine.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He kept me very engaged with the story till the end.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An investigation of the mysterious disappearance of Andromeda galaxy.


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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 04-19-13
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 04-19-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyable hard Sci-Fi novel."
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    I truly enjoyed this book. I really liked the fact that for a long while at the beginning of the book I didn't know what was going on and still found that I enjoyed the story and narrative.The universe the author creates is interesting and the flashbacks help bring the story into focus over time. Others have complained that there is not enough action in the story - and I admit after I was done with the book - I looked back and realized the same thing. But I still really enjoyed the read ... and getting lost in this world was fun. This was my first book by Reynolds - but will most likely not be my last. The is some hard profanity in this book although lightly used most of the time ( I estimate there were maybe 2 dozen F-Words in and 18 hour book )As for the Narrator, he does an excellent job on this book - and that may have contributed to how much I enjoyed listening to it.

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