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Publisher's Summary

When Streaker - the first starship designed and crewed by dolphins - discovers a derelict ancient armada with evidence of the first sentient species ever, she sets off a war between dozens of galactic races eager to use the information for their own advancement.

New York Times best-selling author David Brin's novels stretch the imagination while providing action and thrills galore. Packed with exotic aliens and ancient mysteries, Startide Rising delivers breath-taking adventure in the grandest tradition of space opera.

©1983 David Brin; (P)2003 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1984
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1983

"This is one of the outstanding SF novels of recent years." (Publishers Weekly)
"As the plot thickens and the relationships between the characters become more complex, Wilson's narration is a calm and steady beacon." (AudioFile)

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  • Andrew
  • mORRINSVILLENew Zealand
  • 10-23-08

Getting Better

The light plot that hampered SUNDIVER, the first in the trilogy is more than made up for here. 250 years later we are in a more sharply defined reality, better writting, complex plot, more defined and refined concepts and a narrator in full stride. Great stuff, looking forward to the next installment

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Third Lake, IL, USA
  • 09-02-08

engrossing Sci-Fi

This imaginative book blends hardcore science with creative speculation. As with Sundiver (which should be read first) the storyline draws you in and becomes completely believable. It is written with thoughtfulness, humor and a deep understanding of human behavior. Not to mention the psychology of clients and ETs. I wish more of this author’s novels were available on audiobooks

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Story far fetched, performance too routined

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No Dolphins

Would you ever listen to anything by David Brin again?

Probably, or probably not, don't know.

What three words best describe George Wilson’s voice?

Routined, tends to get into a "trot" which makes it hard to get, that seriously emotional stuff is actually happening. His character voices are good though. Just the narrative is very bad.

Any additional comments?

I really didn't enjoy this. The story was boring very often, it took so long till it became interesting and then in the final part he doesn't even get all out of it or bring you down nicely.Could be the speaker though, that made it so boring...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Remember the 80's

Dolphins in space, ESP, at the hipness of Japanese culture at the height of the Japan bubble. Pretty dated now. I was disappointed. Two factions argue over a plan that is withheld from the reader, presumably so as to not to ruin all suspense, but then we can't really get inside the heads of those on either side. They never argue face to face. The plan is either crazy or the best we got but without any discussion it lacks in motivation and believability. Instead we get lots of haiku

The narrator needs to turn off the recorder when he sips water and swallows. The gurgling glurping sounds get annoying and more frequent by the end of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rodolphe
  • valdor, Quebec, Canada
  • 09-04-11

loved it

loved the universe. loved the dalphin's speech. loved the concept of uplift. some space battles...everything we need. highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Blakely
  • los angeles, CA, USA
  • 03-11-09

dolphin safe

i read this in college and loved it. this time around, i didn't enjoy it quite as much. the characters are a little flat, and they aren't really developed, but they are likeable (except for the bad ones!). having said that, startide rising is a lot better than most sci fi. the premise is very creative, and david brin makes a deep statement about taking care of our fellow mammals. i could have lived without him ACTUALLY STATING IT at the end of the book, but maybe he was afraid some of us missed it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book. Great performance

Liked everything about this book. The reading was very well done. He really brought the characters to life.

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Great book

Read this book over ten years ago the just last week got the audible love it even more listened to it twice picked up detail I had forgotten The up lift war Book is next perfect scifi book rich detailed world

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Same universe, different story

At this point if you read the first book you should go out and get in print the book "Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe" so you can understand the different races because I had trouble with it and I assume that will help.

If you read the first book you might be expecting it to continue where that one left off but it doesn't, I was a little confused with the first book but I liked it this one is sorta the same, I was expecting something and I got something else but it was good.

There is a ship crewed by 150 uplifted dolphins, 7 Humans, and 1 uplifted Chimpanzee - they discover some 50,000 abandoned ships that probably belong to the "Progenitors" who uplifted the first race (but who uplifted them? I was always unclear about that one) and they find some old mummified body and take it along with data.

The book starts with them needing to go and get repairs and the aliens battling in orbit above the planet Kithrup because everyone wants the info they have for them selves.

Cool things happen on the planet below with the locals and some crashed ship but without giving anything away the ship Streaker gets off the planet and away with its info safe - the book jumps around lots at the end with different factions trying to either destroy, capture, or help Streaker.

I liked this book but it wasn't a perfect 5 star for me, that is because I had trouble following things at times, with all these 6 books I had the same problem but for the most part they are good and I will probably read them again in the future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't finish the whole thing

I rarely don't finish a book, but I had to let this one go about half way through. The plot has some interesting points, but takes half a book to layout just a few ideas. The character interaction is very uninteresting and strained. I just got bored with seemingly the same stuff droning on.