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Download Brightness Reef: The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Brin Narrator: George Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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David Brin, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Sundiver, crafts Brightness Reef, a luminous gem of science-fiction literature.

Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rift Vegan | 2/12/2014

    " A re-read. I love Brin's aliens! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry Lane | 1/30/2014

    " Richly imagined and extremely well executed. I recommend the whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Koji Mukai | 1/16/2014

    " If the Uplift Trilogy was one book of 800 pages, I would have given it 4 or 5 stars. The plot is good, but not good enough for three great books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emu | 1/13/2014

    " A good story overall, but not as compelling page-to-page as what I've read of Brin in the past. Took much longer to get through than the previous uplift novels of similar length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hector Ibarraran | 1/13/2014

    " Although mostly an escapist space opera, this book deals with lots of relevant issues. It was a really fun read, and a part of of my two favorite science fiction series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teddie | 1/13/2014

    " He writes excellent prose, but the pace was infuriating. Some of the sci-fi elements were a bit dubious, but there was a surprising, interesting theory about proto-Indo-European language stuck in the middle that made it all worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/7/2013

    " A little slow to get into, and pointless unless you've read the first Uplift trilogy, but it's a deep, sprawling epic with many compelling characters and a fascinating setting. Brin is one of the best at creating alien characters, making them "different" than humans, yet still relatable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 11/4/2013

    " Brin's continuing saga of the Streaker. A strong read that only fails in that it isn't as great as Startide Rising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 10/14/2013

    " Holds my personal record for longest time ever spent reading a book without giving up. I finally finished the book and went on to thoroughly enjoy the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Lowery | 6/12/2013

    " Brin is an excellent writer, no matter that his cosmology and worldview is upwhacked. In particular, the Uplift series of books are especially inventive and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaakko | 6/6/2013

    " Intriguing prose, provoked thoughts about environmental preservation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jud | 4/29/2013

    " Couldn't get past 'Alvin's story' - it read like an American teenager's boring life with his girl friend 'Huck', the only difference being throat sacs and eye stalks. I didn't waste my time going any further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/31/2013

    " Had some significant pacing problems, and in general not Brin's greatest work. Hope the other two books in the series are better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wes | 1/2/2013

    " KInda lame... but worth it for the final book in this second trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Lynn Thomas | 9/18/2012

    " I think I was probably way too young to understand this book when I read it. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Childers | 1/14/2012

    " This is a re-read for me, this time via audiobook. Fun hard science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 5/6/2011

    " This book started out pretty slow, but finally got exciting when things started to happen. The many many viewpoints the book is told from can be a bit jarring and can make the going even slower at times. I'm reading the second in the story, which is much faster paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 5/18/2010

    " The Uplift sagas are wonderfully written. Brin is humane, fun and with a message (should say: many messages). Not deep Science Fiction like Phillip K. Dick or the Hyperion series of Dan Simmons, but a good, escapist read with all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flint | 1/12/2010

    " Plodding. So far, a disappointment from the earlier Uplift series. Going to give up. Maybe later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/28/2009

    " Slow opening which made it hard to get into. Lots of characters and places and events that you are wondering how to connect to the other books for to long. Sure do appreciate all the set up once you do make the connection though. "

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About the Author
Author David Brin

David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant, and winner of the Freedom of Speech Award. His novels—including Earth, The Postman, Startide Rising, and Kiln People—have been New York Times bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. He lives near San Diego, California.

About the Narrator

George Wilson (1927–2014) received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1949 from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was an author and former Washington Post reporter who covered the military from the perspective of soldiers crawling in the mud and from the offices of decision-makers in Washington, and who played a notable role in the Pentagon Papers case.