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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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    Kormander 06-28-15
    Kormander 06-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't stop thinking about this book."
    If you could sum up House of Suns in three words, what would they be?

    humanity's cosmic future


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Campion - didn't Reynolds want this to be our favorite character. He is too cool, kind of an outcast, but he is in love.


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

    British Accents. The way he enunciates character names inspired me to try to mimic his british accent. I would be in the shower saying character names in a deep British accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me want to be an astronaut


    Any additional comments?

    I had to put the playback speed to .5 - I found the reading cadence to be a bit faster than most books.

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    2wheeltex Texas 05-23-15
    2wheeltex Texas 05-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So good I'mAnxious for sequel."

    Really enjoy all of this authors book and John Lee's narration. Character development is superb.

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    David United States 05-07-15
    David United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My second favorite novel by the author. Excellent."

    I wonder if Reynolds is from this world because he consistently puts out great engaging and intelligent novels. I have been searching for an author to fill the void of Frank Hebert, and Reynolds has filled it perfectly. Though not a literary conductor in the style of Herbert, he has mastered the linguistic cadence of diplomats and dignitaries in his word play for his characters. House of Sun's is a great novel that leads you in many directions and leaving you guessing on the final destination up until the last sentence. Characters are very well developed like all his books. The talented narrator was made for his books and writing style.

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    Pharmant 04-07-15
    Pharmant 04-07-15
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    "More please."

    Well the special doll house, Plalatial, took an unusual odd talent to dream up. Alastair Reynolds, Louis Boujol, Peter Hamilton are all multiple reads/listens.

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    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 02-19-15
    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great by Reynolds."

    Alastair Reynolds really knows how to write a science fiction adventure even though his characters are unable to travel faster than light. He is able to infuse realism into a space epic in a way that not many science fiction writers can. Tomorrow mine he has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century 21st century.

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    Chip Roumillat 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reynolds Always Satisfies!!!"

    Reynolds and Peter Hamilton are my 2 faves... John Lee narrates both excellently!
    I recommend to all Hard Sci-Fi lovers.

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    kanguru Canberra, Australia 02-04-15
    kanguru Canberra, Australia 02-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Reynolds Best"

    This space opera has got it all: inscrutable robots, vast space ships, galaxy spanning journeys, immortality, clones, love and loss. Superb narration by one of my favorites, John Lee. Top notch!

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    Colin Fahrion 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Deep Time is so brain breaking good"

    Really excellent story and concept of Deep Time was intense and hard to wrap my head around in a good way. It all left me clinging to the story for more. It was hard at times to distinguish which character with the limited voice acting of the reader but that was fine as I picked it up in context. He was a good reader otherwise.

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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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    Rob M 09-02-14
    Rob M 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Yes"

    what a great story, great listen. this is my second listen, and I enjoyed it again very much. engaging, inventive story and business of future technology. interesting larger theme. well read. loved it.

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