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Startide Rising

The Uplift Saga, Book 2
Narrated by: George Wilson
Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (585 ratings)
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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

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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

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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...

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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.

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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

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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.

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love the complexity

first read this book when I was a kid, 20 years later, it has held up very well!

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Awesome!!!

This is a great intellectual attention grabber, the first time I read it, i could not put it down. If any Sci-fi book/series should be a movie this is it. David Brim has a brilliant imagination. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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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