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Downbelow Station

Narrated by: Brian Troxell
Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

©1981 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1982

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Richly detailed worlds and well written hard scifi

What made the experience of listening to Downbelow Station the most enjoyable?

The world is much more carefully detailed than most novels, and in many cases it's the circumstances that steal the scene. The chain of events feels a lot richer and a lot more real than is typical in a book. This is a world well imagined, and carefully thought out.

What three words best describe Brian Troxell’s performance?

"Radio News Broadcaster". He reads the story almost like a documentary, which loans a very matter of fact aspect to the story and suits the subject matter quite well. His rendition of different character voices left something to be desired though, not horrible but not on par with everything else.

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  • Christie
  • 21-09-2012

Well worth persevering with

I almost gave up on this audio book - I found the narrator's voice extremely irritating and the book gets off to a very slow start as the author sets the scene for the story from the point of view of each of the main characters. I found it all very dense and confusing and it was so hard to stay focussed that I ended up listening to the first 4-5 chapters over and over again trying to make sense of what was going on.



Fortunately I persevered and kept listening. Once past the first few chapters, the story picks up pace considerably. The action continues to move from the viewpoint of one character to another as events play out both on and off-station, giving the story a cinematic quality. As I became more familiar with each of the characters, I got hooked in and started to care about what happened to them. I will definitely read this book again.

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  • Ruth
  • 07-04-2013

Good but confusing

A quite enjoyable book let down by a less than great narrator, Downbelow Station is full of interesting characters, plots and intrigue, but is very dense and takes a lot of concentration to follow the story completely. I feel like I'll get more out of this one on a re-read when I've got clear in my head who all the characters are, since I got lost rather a lot on a first listen.

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  • Charlie
  • 12-02-2016

Failed to grab me

I've started this twice now, and both times it failed to grab my attention enough to keep me listening beyond an hour or two.
Seemed well written, and read, as far as I could tell, but not for me.

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  • Catherine
  • 26-12-2012

Read it!

I love CJ Cherryh's Alliance-Union universe books,and was very happy to see them appearing on Audible.Downbelow Station is a complex book,but the narrator did a good job in keeping the different voices distinguishable,and he has been added to my list of favorite readers.If you enjoy classic sci-fi,then all the books in the series are worth reading,and I hope they are all coming to Audible soon!