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4.197 out of 54.197 out of 54.197 out of 54.197 out of 54.197 out of 5 4.20 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vernor Vinge Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Zones of Thought Series Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781427209337
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After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. Two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But first, both groups must wait at the aliens' very doorstep for their strange star to relight and for their planet to reawaken, as it does every two hundred and fifty years....Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.More than just a great science fiction adventure, A Deepness in the Sky is a universal drama of courage, self-discovery, and the redemptive power of love.

Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky, the second installment of the Zones of Thought series, is a 1999 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel and the winner of the 2000 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderfully engaging!”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Huge, intricate, and ingenious, with superbly realized aliens: a chilling spellbinding dramatization of the horrors of slavery and mind control.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2000 John W. Campbell Memorial Award
  • Winner of the 2000 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • A 2000 Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2000 Prometheus Award for Best Novel
  • Nominated for Nebula Awards - Nominee, 1999
  • Winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Winner, 2000
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 5/13/2011

    " None of it was plausible, and later revelations did not justify the deliberately humanlike alien narration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celestial | 4/27/2011

    " Loved this book, with its enchanting portrayal of other species and its both horrific and also inspiring depiction of the human spirit, shades of Ant and Bee meet the Borg, recommended to all sci fi fans :D

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 4/3/2011

    " an absolutely amazing hard sci-fi book. Vinge's 'Zones of Thought' concept is brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 3/18/2011

    " This was the fist Vernor Vinge book I ever read, and it made quite an impression. Somehow I managed to get my elderly father to read the book, and while he had a few remarks along the way, he finished it! If I could afford to buy a lot of books, Vinge would be on my shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flowoeb | 2/15/2011

    " one of the best books i ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/24/2011

    " Good hard sci fi story. SO much fantasy crap out there, good to find the real thing. With spiders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/19/2011

    " This is one book that I re-read once every few years. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/4/2011

    " Do I really need to review every book? Wow, really top notch hard SF book, lots of ideas, scope, action. Great originality in treatment of aliens and human learning contact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 12/28/2010

    " My first Ving, btut it left me wanting more.

    An epic length tale well-plotted and thought out. An excelent illustration of the interaction between two vastly different cultures. "

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About the Author
Author Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including three for Best Novel, for A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, and Rainbows End. For many years a professor of computer science, he is a highly regarded, visionary authority on the subject of the technological Singularity. He lives in San Diego, California.

About the Narrator

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.