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Larson provides compelling tales

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-2016

Larson writes an action story that controls you to keep going. The only problem is that one you start on this book you will have a long wish list as it is not a short trilogy but an active series.

Up there with Heinlein's best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2016

This is an enjoyable novel, something you can listen to and enjoy for the characters and the plot, while making allowances for the central premise. for those that enjoy Heinlein's 'juveniles' it's a good listen.

An interesting core with too much to wade through.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-2016

While this books central story might grab your interest Brin goes into so much detail about minutia that the art of story telling is lost. If this book was edited to one third the size it might be great, but as it is you can doze off for twenty minutes while listening and just keep listening, knowing that you won't have missed any key plot points. More bizarre is that the end of the story is rushed, skipping generations, even though the start is so slow.

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The realistic ending makes this book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2015

A lot of this third installment is the story line you expect, but a couple of things make the work unique. The first of these in that the protagonist has a realistic reaction to the events, suffering from post traumatic stress rather than taking things in her stride. The second is that the book ends with a focus on this confused protagonist, rather than posting the world as a rosy paradise.

All in all, the third installment makes it worth listening to the second and rounds off the first.

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Another enjoyable listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-2015

Heinlein's juveniles often have good character development, leaving behind the happily ever after stereo type, making them enjoyable as an easy listen. This novel is no exception, with the ending doing justice to the work ass a whole and leaving you feeling the possibilities that could be. An enjoyable sci-fi classic.

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A decent story, but not Heinlein at his height

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-2015

This is an enjoyable story, if a little slow the get going, but does not rate as one of the best in Science Fiction. A fan would enjoy it but a new Heinlein reader would be better with a book like Citizen of the Galaxy.

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A post apocalypse hypothesis

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2015

America today is in decline and this work provides a glimpse into what America could become if their Christian heritage in further eroded in a post war context. In this future the year remain down trodden and their rights eroded, until a new generation seeks change more than they seek life. The story is emotive, allowing the listener the identity with the protagonist and valuing the plot progression.

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Book two of a trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2015

While the story here maintains interest, you cannot help thinking it is beak two of a trilogy, written just to fill the gap from book one, where a question was raised, and book three, where hopefully the question is answered.

Jack Campbell's most impressive yet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-2015

When you get into this book, after all that has been written before it, you enjoy the story for the characters interaction but wonder if the plot that awaits you will be a generic combination of what you've already heard.

Nothing could be further from reality, though. This book week keep you interested till the very end. It brings a lot more emotion to the story as well, bringing the characters back from the brink with elements that are unique, while silk being rooted in the science established in previous books.

For those who have continued with this series, this book is a must and won't disappoint. for those who haven't started this series, grab Dauntless and be prepared for quite a ride.

The narration is also superb, contributing to the overall quality of this series.

Reynolds continues a trend

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2015

This third instalment to the Revelation Space series begins to tie together some of the questions of the first to books as well as the story arks of these books. Alistair starts providing some answers, although these may not be as complex as some readers hope for. You can see in this story an inspiration from E E "Doc" Smith.

Unfortunately Lee goes back to his accented narration, with every sentence trailing off. This makes the books hard to listen to for longer periods. Lee's accents also make the mic preamp peak and introduces distortion into the narration, making the sound worse. If not for the difficulty in listening to Lee again, this book would have a five. I hope you are listening, Audible.

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