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Sundiver Audiobook

Sundiver: The Uplift Saga, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling, highly regarded works of contemporary science fiction. Beginning with Sundiver, Brin provides an intriguing exploration of humanity's future in the universe.

For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth? The answer to this mystery might be as close as our own sun, but it will take a daring dive into its fiery interior to know for sure.

Sundiver begins David Brin's thoughtful, exhilarating exploration of a future filled with an imaginative array of strange alien races, dazzling scientific achievements, and age-old enigmas.

©1980 David Brin; (P)2001 Recorded Books

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    Colin Detroit 06-10-13
    Colin Detroit 06-10-13 Listener Since 2009

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    "Not what I thought it was but good"

    Well let me first say that this wasn't what I expected it to be like, it was good contained some surprises and overall was worthy of reading.

    There are some things about this story that are a little unexplained or maybe poorly explained, you can understand whats happening but its not until the end that you really get what is going on and then there are more questions.

    So there are these "things" in the sun that people have seen when going into the surface of the sun doing observations for science. The Aliens don't understand this because there is a "galactic library" that holds everything one needs to know so there is no reason to do research like that anymore but being the suborn Humans we are we are doing it anyways - well things are seen in there that look to be sentient life and its the research vessel that goes into the sun to research these things and report back because the "galactic library" doesn't have anything on what they could be so some suspect that they have been lied to and the copy of the library that we humans have is not complete or maybe deliberately missing stuff

    If you know who Erich Von Daniken is and his book from 1986 called "Chariots of the Gods" and latter works you know about the "uplift theory" where by aliens have "uplifted" humans in the distant past that's why we cant find the so called "missing link" in the evolutionary tract and why we have jumped so far in such a short time, this is sorta the concept of the books back story.

    In this book we Humans have uplifted dolphins and chimps to full sentient as in able to think like a human can or at least at the same intellectual level which results in chimps and dolphins talking to humans and helping them do tasks like any other human would except for dolphins can do underwater stuff better - its a cool concept and according to the galactic library almost every single race was "uplifted" by another race leading all the way back to the start with some group of races that isn't explained completely , but humans don't seem to have a "up-lifter" which is a little strange to many aliens

    The Humans here think that maybe the beings in the sun could actually be the uplifters of humanity, and will the Aliens help them to understand it or maybe do something even worse?

    There isn't much about this book I didn't like other than it was missing some better explanations and maybe a nice pre-story for a chapter or so to get you into the world thats created but it was good, I am going on to the next book so check my reviews for that one to see if it is as good as this one was

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    Allison R. McCarn 08-02-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Narration, Fun Story"

    I really liked how the narrator adopted a distinct voice for every character in the book. Since there were a lot of characters, it made it very easy to keep everyone straight.

    I think this book adapted well to audiobook because of the high amount of physical description and action. It was very easy to follow and enjoyable, even cut into 30 min segments (I listen to books on my daily commute). Don't expect this book to be a serious treatise on science or society, or you'll be disappointed. It's just an engaging mystery set in space with humans and aliens.

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    David 05-13-10
    David 05-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Below average and disappointing"

    I purchased this recording based on having enjoyed reading Brin's book "Earth."(Yes people really did that once!) I found the plot of "Sundiver" weak, the characters thin and the narrative stilted. Sorry - I don't think it warrants the 3.5 stars that it appears to have. In all seriousness, if offered to a publisher now, it would probably not see the light of day.

    The performance by George Wilson is good, apart from a couple of amusing spoonerisms.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Clyde, NC, USA 04-11-08
    David Clyde, NC, USA 04-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "The very best!"

    If you enjoy AC Clarke, Brim will thrill you. One of the greatest true science fiction writers I have read in the last 25 years.
    His awards through the years are ssoooo well deserved. The more you are aquainted with real science, the more you will love Brim's works!

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    Mark Auckland, New Zealand 12-16-12
    Mark Auckland, New Zealand 12-16-12
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    "Great ideas and mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Sundiver the most enjoyable?

    The unusual nature of the subject material, delivered in a way that made it seem like complete sense. Characters were compelling and complex


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wilson has to account for a variety of species and personality types and does a fantastic job. He stays away from caricature and delivers both aliens and humans perfectly.


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    Amazon Customer 07-15-17
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    "meh"

    not that great not once did i think this is awesome or worth the purchase.

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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 07-11-17
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 07-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "worth all five stars"

    one of the best books i have ever read. great story with excellent complexity and a whole lot of inter twining parts and pieces.

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    Tracy Bisbee 03-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "sun diver no no no"

    Undoubtedly the stupidest book I have ever listen to on Audible! The story was juvenile, disconnected and totally ridiculous. The narration was no better with most of the voices sounded like they came from the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon

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    Martin the Engineer 10-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good in a Series of Greats"

    Not as good as Startide Rising, but very comparable. See my review for the aforementioned for more detail.

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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-19-16
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-19-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting premise for the world - a little borin"
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    The setup and premise of this series of books is pretty good But this particular book was often pretty boring. It had some good part at the end but overall it was hard to get through. Glad I listened to it at 1.25X. I heard the next book in the series is much better. Probably be a while until I actually read it though - still not recovered from this books slow pacing.

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