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The Obelisk Gate

The Broken Earth, Book 2
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (356 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Book two in the record-breaking triple Hugo Award-winning trilogy.

The season of endings grows darker, as civilisation fades into the long cold night.

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

The Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now.

©2016 N. K. Jemisin (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Amazing." (Ann Leckie)

"Breaks uncharted ground." (Library Journal)

"Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected." (Brian Staveley)

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Brilliant Book 2

Book two does not disappoint, equal to the first which takes some doing. Jemisin expands points of view and delivers some answers and more obelisks. Brilliant series. As this book is bleaker than the first, I am sure Book three will be heartbreaking.
Robin Miles narration is excellent.

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Remarkable

Beautifully written and narrated as with the first book. With this book the reader is completely hooked into the world and characters and will just never want it to end - I tore through this with absolutely joy. In fact I probably experienced every emotion as I was so absorbed by it all! WInner!

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5 Rusting Earths out of 5

N.K. Jemisin has a cerebral story telling style that I simply cannot stop listening to.

Thank you,
I look forward to continueing to help support your work.

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sweeping tale and awesome voice acting

it is a good continuation from the last book. the voice acting transports me. Good read

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Gripping and emotive!

Like the works of ursula le guin this series brings very real issues into a sci-fi setting which allows a different perspective to come into play. The way in which themes of abuse are portrayed are very real and startling as are the portrayals of love, dependance, trust and above all the difficulties of striving to be human in a twisted world... There are so many reflections here of our own struggles and this combined with the very original and interesting science fiction possibilities combine to create a story which is thoroughly engaging. The narration is clear and lucid though character voices are often weak this doesn't diminish the overall power of the narrative.

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terrible till the end. huge dialogue info dumps

occasional random violence passes for story in this frustratingly slow infodump between selfish characters with communication issues. the ending, suddenly is a little story.
Main character is threatened by an army and forgets she's killed cities before, why so much stress, just boom , problem solved.

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  • Nora
  • 18-10-2017

Slow but hard-hitting

I love this series! It's one of the great modern sci-fi books, in my opinion. It's not about action but the development of characters in a dystopian world. Very strong female characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2019

The second book is as good as the first!

The story keeps evolving and expanding without losing focus. A rare trilogy where the second book is at least as good as the first.

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  • M. Atkinson
  • 08-09-2016

I Can't Even

Seriously, if you are looking for the crack cocaine of speculative sci-fi/fantasy, this is it. The author is the queen of tantalising her listener/reader with titbits of information before jerking away on another tangent, such that it's half an hour later when you realise the Very Important Question hadn't been answered. Devious. I CANNOT wait for book 3.

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  • WarwickStudent
  • 24-07-2018

If my job wasn't so dull I might not have finished

Brace yourselves with this one, nothing really happens. The story would have been more interesting from Alabaster's perspective because he is an active and enthusiastic protagonist. Essun seems to need steering from point to point by other more engaging characters.

Half of this story follows Essun getting lessons from Alabaster who follows the Albus Dumbledore style of teaching in little chunks where you don't tell your pupils what they need to know. It is written off as him being a terrible teacher but no-one could teach as badly as he seems to.

The other half follows her kid, Nassun who is quite annoying and slow to realise that her father is a waste of space. This is fairly dull as it is mostly a travel tale and similar to book 1.

I'm still quite interested in the overall story and what will happen to the Earth. I think I'll even read book 3 as the ending should be more interesting. I think this series was planned as a trilogy from the outset and so this book is mostly irrelevant filler to pad it enough to warrant a third book. You could probably fit all the relevant plot details into a couple of tweets though.

Narration was as good as book one. Better on 1.1x speed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2018

Incredible!

Loved the continuation of the story, so very gripping. I hate when I need to stop listening.

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  • Rudy Lorentz
  • 02-02-2018

Couldn’t stop listening

This series is so good. It’s easy to listen to and simultaneously a very interesting story

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  • spellacl
  • 02-11-2017

Keeps getting better!

Enjoyed this as much as the first one if not more! Moves at a good pace and love all the twists and changes. Struggled following the voices once or twice but otherwise great.

Starting the next one immediately.

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  • david kelly
  • 23-01-2019

Absolutely brilliant sequel.

It's been a long time since I found a series of books this good. excellent writing along with an excellent narrator. Starting the last one straight away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2018

Cannot recommend highly enough...

...and that's both the book and the performance. Beautiful, musical, hypnotic, compelling. A wonderful experience.

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  • Robert1981
  • 06-10-2018

Very good

I am loving this story. I'm looking forward to starting book 3. I had No idea I even liked this genre. It has opened my eyes. I strongly recommend. The narrator on audible is excellent too.

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  • Thomas Bray
  • 05-10-2018

highly original and very gritty

loved this, great magic system, good characters and the action and story are very well balanced

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-2018

not as great as the first

not as great as the lovely first book but nice to carry the story on.

looking forward to the last part in the series