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The Forge of God described the destruction of Earth itself by self-replicating robots, Von Neumann machines designed to use the planet's mass to create more robotic creatures and spread throughout the Galaxy. Only a few humans have survived, aided by a mysterious alien race known only as “The Benefactors”, who arrived at Earth too late.

Now the small group of human survivors is determined to track down the criminal race who launched the planet killers. Humanity is given a starship by The Benefactors, and driven only by revenge they set out to find the unknown beings who are responsible for the destruction of Earth, and many other worlds.

©1992 Greg Bear (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Rune
  • 20-08-2012

Great story

Where does Anvil of Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book has some interesting ideas about technology and how advanced alien races would defend themselves. It ranks amongst the top ten SciFi books I've read so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The action parts where stuff is happening and techno babble is on rapid-fire.

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  • Jason
  • 13-09-2015

The best sci-fi book i've ever read!

Truly this is an underrated masterpiece- and I don't use that term lightly or often.
Two aspects of the novel keep me returning to it in both audiobook and print form: the insights into the realistic applications of warfare between civilizations and the murky morality in revenge over the span of lightyears and centuries.

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  • John Gardner
  • 26-04-2012

Starts off ssssllllloooowwww.

The Forge of God was a page-turner. It's hard to believe Anvil of Stars is by the same author. The first six hours of the book is agonizing. It is virtually all angst and neurosis of the main character, Martin. What do his lovers mean to him? How is his affair with the boy different from his affair with the girl? What does it mean to be a leader of young adults on a mission to avenge mankind? In terms of plot, very, very little happens in the first six hours. I could literally say it in a sentence, so I will: In the fifth year of their mission, the children think they have discovered the killers of mankind, and launch the attack. You might think I'm leaving out a ton of plot turns and twists, but I'm not. You could say I've left out a training exercise (boring) and apparitions seen by a few of the crew (even more boring). And of course the ship divides as planned, but that's it. I'm not going to bother with the last two installments. In fact, I've already read the Wiki summary. The narrator is good, and even though I found his "voice" for at least one of the characters irritating (an uptalker? you know, when everything they say rises in inflection like a question?), I would have to say his narration kept the otherwise moribund story on life-support. Sadly, when nothing of consequence had occurred by the end of the first six hours, my interest expired, and the plug had to be pulled.

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  • Jonathan Janzen
  • 25-02-2018

Long winded, but worth it

Very long and winding story. Very different than Forge of God. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was written by a different author. Took me several months to get through, because finding my place again was difficult each time, do to very long chapters. Great dialogue and character development. Hard to track at times. Conclusion well worth the wait. 👍

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  • L. Olson
  • 23-02-2018

Still as good as I remember it

I originally read this story back when it came out and I was just a teenager and now when I listen to it again 25 years later I think I enjoyed it even more.

I also have to give credit where credit is due. When I listened to Forge of God I did not care for Stephen Bel Davies performance at all. I thought it was bland and a struggle not to put me to sleep. But, in this book he was so much better. I almost could not believe he was the same narrator. He did an excellent job of giving the characters life, and especially with all of the strange alien voices.

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 11-03-2017

Extraordinary

Best novel Bear has ever penned, possibly the best scifi I've ever read. Brilliant. Breathtaking.

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  • Yvonne M. Thomas
  • 10-07-2016

Didn't like

over all, easy to listen to. I did not like it. It should have went another direction. too much irresponsible behavior. The use of children in this adventure was not the way too go.

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  • Paul
  • 29-08-2015

Confusing at first but worth it.

The book was a struggle to start with. At times it did not seem like a sequel at all. The story did make it worth finishing. over all it was a good listen.

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  • Roselark
  • 13-05-2015

Different from first book

I really did not like this one. I loved his first book, The Forge of God. Anvil of Stars is very different in style.

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  • Raphael Huber
  • 30-01-2015

Especially creative and fantastic

Would you listen to Anvil of Stars again? Why?

Awesome ideas, great tension, great characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. Except Rosa, she is to hate and that has to be that way.

What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's a very very good performance. He is very pleasant to listen to and he gave the story a lot of additonal character. in a good way.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Those aliens they encounter, they are just so awesome all the time! and the performance makes them even better

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  • Paul
  • 03-12-2012

20 years on and still brilliant!!

After I read 'Eon', almost 25 years ago, I immediately became a hooked on the science fiction of Greg Bear and read them all!. 'Anvil of Stars' was always my favorite and I was so pleased to see so many of his older books suddenly available in Audible. I downloaded this one immediately! Do you need to read 'The Forge of God' first? Well... yes... probably best... if only for continuity, but this really is a stand alone story. With echoes of 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Enders Game' it mixes the super science and colossal scope from the likes of Alistair Reynolds and Peter Hamilton with the social and moral plight of a group of children (reminding me of Orson Scott Card) as they journey to avenge the desctuction of the Earth. Loved it!

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  • D. Marsh
  • 13-06-2015

Epic battles mixed with who is going out with who.

Would you consider the audio edition of HOLD FOR PRICE Anvil of Stars to be better than the print version?

Never read it.

If you’ve listened to books by Greg Bear before, how does this one compare?

I have listened to the previous book in this series, this is probably better and a bit more positive -well sort of.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Bel Davies – was your favourite?

The brothers, though they were a bit wishy washy at times, their tenancy to fall to bits was also a problem..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No just while in the gym.

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