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2.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 5 2.83 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Bear Narrator: Alma Cuervo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Jacob’s Ladder Trilogy Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781461848059
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Sometimes the greatest sin is survival.

The generation ship Jacob’s Ladder has barely survived cataclysms from without and within. Now, riding the shock wave of a nova blast toward an uncertain destiny, the damaged ship—the only world its inhabitants have ever known—remains a war zone. Even as Perceval, the new captain, struggles to come to terms with the traumas of her recent past, the remnants of rebellion aboard the ship still threaten the crew’s survival.

Yet as Perceval’s relatives Tristen and Benedick play a deadly game of cat and mouse in pursuit of a traitor through a vast ship that is renewing itself in strange and dangerous ways, an even more insidious threat is building in a place no one ever thought to look. And this implacable enemy could change the face of the ship forever if a ragtag band of heroes cannot stop it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this highly readable and surprisingly straightforward novel, Bear continues the story of the Jacob’s Ladder and its inhabitants, effortlessly shifting through multiple perspectives as the plot is propelled onward through an array of disparate landscapes—some eerily familiar.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Bear enhances the usual generation ship themes—social amnesia, decaying infrastructure, and mission-threatening grand calamities—with...new flourishes...to keep readers happily engaged.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bear’s storytelling is very much her own, and the Conn family’s dysfunctions are of a particular and distinctive flavor. The world of Jacob’s Ladder is magnificently populated, well worth visiting.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 3/22/2011

    " I only made it to page 108 of this book. Probably because it's the sequel of a book I haven't read. I couldn't get into it. The characters and their issues just didn't draw me in. Maybe one of these days I will read the first book and see if that changes things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LadyCroft86 | 3/14/2011

    " Not as good or as exciting as dust but still a good book with a captivating story and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malia | 8/3/2010

    " Should read "DUST" first. This was a thick read for me clear as mud.
    Geting used to the plot was like dropping into a war zone, Required alot of time to figure out the characters, Angel like beingsabsorbing each other, Regergatate, OOOOOW! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 D.J. | 7/19/2010

    " Abandoned at page 32. I'd forgotten how little I was able to get into the first book of the series; this one was impenetrable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/18/2010

    " It's a sure sign that I'll like a book when it opens in the POV of my favorite character from the previous one in the series. Plus, who can argue with AI angels & basilisks, nanotech symbionts, complex family intrigue, and generation ships! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mikolaj | 3/18/2010

    " Opaque, confusing, dull. The only characters I cared about in the previous book vanish into unsympathetic amalgams in this one. Strange corners of the world are revealed with neither rhyme nor reason, plots hinge on dei ex machinae and unpredictable revelations. Blah. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear, also known as Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky, is an American author known for her speculative fiction. Among her many awards, she is one of only five writers who have gone on to win multiple Hugo Awards for fiction after winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She also won a Sturgeon Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She is the author of the acclaimed Eternal Sky series.

About the Narrator

Alma Cuervo is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a stage actress and singer who has also performed in film and television. She holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, from which she graduated in 1976 alongside Meryl Streep. She starred in the role of Madame Morrible in the first national tour of Wicked.