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Blue Remembered Earth Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,451 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Poseidon’s Children Series Release Date:
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One hundred and fifty years from now, Africa has become the world’s dominant technological and economic power. Crime, war, disease and poverty have been practically eliminated. The Moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. And Ocular, the largest scientific instrument in history, is about to make an epochal discovery?
 
Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his long-running studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, which controls the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans for him. After the death of his grandmother Eunice—the erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur—something awkward has come to light on the Moon, so Geoffrey is dispatched there to ensure the family name remains untarnished.
 
But the secrets Eunice died with are about to be revealed—secrets that could change everything,or tear this utopia apart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance” Publishers Weekly.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Peter Smiley | 2/14/2014

    " Not as good as his previous works, Chasm City universe etc... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Ric | 2/10/2014

    " Read my share of technical papers, as part of the day job. Concise, spare expositions that have data, assumptions, analysis and conclusions, all within the 7 page length limit. And I'll admit, sometimes my mind has wandered, placing these in stories fleshed with human participants and human emotions. One way to find more meaning in the cool things that science makes.I'm back in that place, listening to the audiobook version of Blue Remembered Earth. Lots of cool stuff --- golem personalities, next generation 'internet', a puzzle that spreads pieces on the Moon, Mars, Mercury, the Kuiper belt. A well-developed backstory - Africa ascendant, elephants and whales, a truly inscrutable matriarch, a single-family solar system spanning conglomerate. And yet I am still adding my own elements to the story, sure sign that I am not entirely engaged (view spoiler)[--- such as: what if there were more to the cousins other than following the protagonists through the puzzle, they are business executives after all, and what if Geoffrey had a personal passion or love other than his scientific research of elephants, and his sister had a more complex relationship with Jitendra, and so on (hide spoiler)]. Granted this is the first of a series, and Reynolds will be building on these basic elements to expand into, hopefully, more interesting plot threads. But my expectations were based on the marvelous achievement of House of Suns, and instead find a piece that hearkens back to the earlier Revelation Space.Despite all of my reservations, this is still a cut above the typical SF fare that I'll probably still want to read the next book. There's enough here, a mustard seed perhaps, but a good next effort can certainly do wonders to re-engaging this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Mark Cheverton | 2/8/2014

    " Another typical Reynolds book. This one meandered a bit in the middle, but picked up again at the end. Pretty much back to what you'd expect and much better than than Terminal World. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Alan Reynolds | 2/6/2014

    " Just finished reading this. 505 pages, all good. IT is time (according to my reading wishes) for Alastair to write/publish the second book in this fascinating series. "

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About the Author
Author Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, and studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew’s Universities to ultimately earn a PhD in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He is now writing full time.

About the Narrator

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a Ghanaian-born British actor who has appeared on stage, screen, and television. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.