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Interference

A Novel
By: Sue Burke
Series: Semiosis Duology, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Narrators Caitlin Davies and Daniel Thomas May reprise their roles, and between them, they’ve once more captured the essence behind the voices of multiple characters, and even more impressively, this time there are non-humans thrown into the mix." (Bibliosanctum)

Sue Burke's sweeping, award-finalist, SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.

Over 200 years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.

Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

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Second parts are rarely better than firsts

Good promising start, slow boring middle, good finale.
A bit slow at times and with the introduction of a few stories that lead nowhere. It gets better towards the end.

The glassmakers think too humanlike and the manipulation of Steveland of human technology seems to go too fast paced.
There's also a missed opportunity to develop more some of the key characters.

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  • Nes
  • 15-11-2019

if you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this.

All I can say is I had a enjoyed this book even more than the first. It surprised me at times, and I enjoyed the technology used, as well as the problems with said technology. I can't wait for the third!

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  • Matt Orienter
  • 29-02-2020

Excellent Story and Performance

I enjoyed this entire experience. I could barely stop, covering the entire length of the performance in just over two days.

This book fulfills the promises of its predecessor. It gets more creative in the anthropology, and steps up the impressively subtle message about unconscious bias. Each chapter is in a different point of view, so we get six pictures of every character.

The performances are stellar again. I'm glad the original narrators returned.

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  • randall
  • 07-02-2020

WTH..?

What a ridiculous story. WTH?!
These characters are bizarre and make no sense quite often. The botanists are idiots, the anthropologists are xenophobic and many of the characters on this research trip are racist, classist, crazy or just stupid! A lot of characters make stupid or random decisions that make no sense. The narration jumps around in the most random ways inside character's heads... a lot of random, free-expression ramblings... they make connections and use terms that somehow are meaningful. Most characters are negative and underhanded, glum and pessimistic, and they're otherwise angry and distrusting of everyone. What a strange author... narrators did a good job at least.

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  • Veronica
  • 09-01-2020

Solid Follow-up

I’m assuming you’ve read or listened to the first book in the series and I really enjoyed it. This is solid, not outstanding. It expands PAX but I felt it could get a bit confusing and I didn’t understand the motivations of some major characters. The story doesn’t appear to be over so I’m looking forward to more depth in the next book but this was an enjoyable addition.

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  • beth walsh-sahutske
  • 11-11-2019

The trip was better than the destination

I enjoyed the story as it played out and the performers were excellent. The problem was that the story was much more interesting than where it all ended up.

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  • Bruce
  • 04-11-2019

Return of the Bamboo!

I was really happy to discover this sequel and I was not disappointed. More Bamboo please!

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  • shoshidge
  • 28-06-2020

good but weird

Original and packed full of cool speculation about what alien sentient plants would be like, totally worth reading for that reason.
But there is something almost "uncanny valley" about the dialogue of the human characters, like the book was written by a pod person or AI that doesn't fully understand how humans think and speak.
The character of Pollox in particular seems strangely stupid, even brain damaged, this is accentuated by the narration.
Both narrators are articulate and the male narrator is incredible with accents, but their tendency to lapse into cartoonish, overemphatic forms of speech heighten the strangeness of the dialogue.
Definitely worth it overall though.

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  • Michael Brown
  • 25-06-2020

Great story

Great story and what made it even better was no use of profanity. Must read !

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  • Maureen O'Hara
  • 08-06-2020

Outstanding!

The story was original and very well written. The idea of sentient plants working cooperatively with humans and insect like people was awesome! Highly recommended!

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  • Alessandro
  • 20-05-2020

Great books! <br />I hope that there is a book 3.<br />

I loved both books. But I wish it not to end, tell me there's more.

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  • Mrs. C. Faulkner
  • 25-04-2020

Gave up, dreary and didn’t capture my interest

Couldn’t get into it, monotonous dialogue. Gave up in the end and will try and return

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  • Michela
  • 05-04-2020

A great sequel to Semiosis

A great sequel to Sembosis, lots of new characters, both humans, from Earth, and unexpected, unheard of inhabitants of Pax. Conflicts stem among all of them, division spreads until a common enemy, secretly interfering, is finally properly assessed and dealt with. Each of the characters discovers incredible, new possibilities and instruments, from the comm network for Pax people, to the amazing abilities of the rainbow bamboo for earthlings. By the end of the novel, Pax world is inevitably, once again different, but, as earthlings travel back to Earth bringing news and specimens from Pax, Earth is soon going to be radically changed by Pax. The many different points of view, though mostly from the same period this time, make the audiobook sometimes hard to follow.

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  • JKBishop
  • 19-02-2020

Really hoping the series continues.

Really hoping the series continues. Struggled with some of the voices at the start but the story overcame any worries.

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  • olympian
  • 21-12-2019

Fun story, sometimes feels lacking in substance

Enjoyed this book (and Semiosis) but have to say it dragged a little bit in some places, some ideas weren't explored fully, and sometimes the story just felt a bit 'thin'. The narration was ok but not sure why they changed narrator for certain characters. Still, if the concept appeals and you enjoyed Semiosis (the style is very similar as you'd expect) then this will probably be a fun listen.

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  • iBloke
  • 06-12-2019

Not quite as good as original but still an excellent story

Difficult to follow up such a stunning first novel, this keeps the world but moves in centuries and introduces a off world source of disruption, and its in the off world characters and back story that I found less smooth and engaging. Where as the world of Pax, its characters and ecology was beautifully described and designed. Overall an excellent story and very well read.

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  • Mr. A. C. Hewitt
  • 14-11-2019

An excellent sequel

a worthy follow up that expands on the themes of the first book. Would love to read more in this series!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-2019

Dick Barton ghastly daughter reads again !

Why read a book with continuous breathy angst ? Meaningless with respect to the unfolding story. A dramatic childish manner much used by any precocious 11 year old girl desperate to put meaning into that she is reading but doesn't understand.

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