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Publisher's Summary

David Brin's New York Times best-selling novels thrill listeners with their stirring adventures and intriguing speculation about humanity's future. Set in a universe where no species has reached sentience without the "uplifting" help of a patron race, the books delve into the greatest mystery of all: Who uplifted humankind?

Earth has been allowed to colonize the planet Garth only because its previous occupants went berserk and wiped out virtually all life there. But now humans, chimps, and their alien allies on Garth are being held hostage in a conflict that could affect the fate of the entire Five Galaxies. As a ragtag group of freedom fighters wage a desperate guerilla war, their only hope for victory lies in unravelling the elusive truth behind the legend of a hidden native species that could prove a powerful ally.

The Uplift War provides entertainment in the grandest tradition of science fiction, with exotic aliens, visionary action, and universe-encompassing mysteries.

©1987 David Brin; (P)2001 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1988

"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre." (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)

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  • Andrew
  • mORRINSVILLENew Zealand
  • 11-03-08

BIG ENTHUSIASTIC WOW

What an awesome trilogy. By the third installment the whole thing is on fire, great writting - marred only by occassional clunky narrative device, outstanding narration and what a story. Inspiring, spellbinding speculative fiction. This lifts Brin into the realm of the great masters: Clarke, Silversberg, Heinlien, Asimov.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Oklahoma City, OK, United States
  • 05-07-08

The Uplift War

Excellent book, in my humble opinion at least as good or better than Startide rising his Hugo award winning Novel.
I just wish there were more in the same Universe available here...............................DJ

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Very good book. Definitely worth listening to...

A very original sci-fi concept (uplift), very good story and good narration.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Inteligent

Intelligent & thought provoking - I like his world; A future with altruism and good breeding ;^)

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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engaging, fun, moody story

this has been my companion on several long drives. it presents an engaging mix of the thoughtful, comic, hopeful, distressing, and reflective. I normally listen only when on long drives, but not with this book.

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A Satisfying Continuation

What made the experience of listening to The Uplift War the most enjoyable?

The mild hints the story drops regarding the events of Startide Rising made me smile; Startide was a better book, but not by too much.

What did you like best about this story?

The Uplift mechanic is lovely, and this book cleverly explored it from a more human perspective than Startide. However, the novelty of Startide is more powerful.

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Nowhere near startide rising

So incredibly boring. I love brin but my god this was awful. The characters running around from place to place with no purpose, the fetishizing of big dumb war machines, the terribly dialogue... Just no good all around.

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The Chimps Get There Turn

I have now read all the Uplift books and was a favorite. I love the focus on chimps.

I wish David Brin would write more Uplift books!

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One of Brin's Best

David Brin has one of the best voices in science fiction. His clever "eetees" mix well with a cast of characters that show off the best of humanity. Riveting storyline that is clever, surprising, and powerful.

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I'm an Addict

These audiobooks are so well done, it's actually BETTER than reading it!
If you are a Uplift fan, this is a must !

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  • M Holland
  • 04-05-11

One of Brin's Most Engaging Reads

The Uplift war is an enthralling tale of the Earth's three starfairing races' fight against the politics and prejudices of the Galaxy's older races told through the experience of individuals from many angles. The characters are realistic and typical of Brin, lead you into wanting to listen to the whole story from start to end in one go. Quite enthralling.

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