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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: Charles Leggett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781482977929
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In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future called the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning into the minds of two inhabitants of the Kalpa—a would-be warrior, Jebrassy, and an inquisitive explorer, Tiadba. In turn, the dreams of Tiadba and Jebrassy carry them back, into the minds of Jack and Ginny. As for the dreams of Daniel, they are even stranger and more disquieting. Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a fearsome godlike entity, Ginny, Jack, and Daniel are drawn despite themeselves into a mission to rescue the future of their dreams. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This complex, difficult, and beautifully written tale will appeal to sophisticated readers who prefer thorny conundrums to fast-paced action.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Charles Leggett’s narration flows with the action and maintains a steady pace through the long explicative passages. He is an apt guide through this dense and complex plot.”

    AudioFile

  • “Plunging readers into a visceral experience of cosmological theory and the big creation stories of mythology, this challenging and imaginative work will receive critical attention.”

    Library Journal

  • “In a post-human future, one city, guarded by reality generators and surrounded by the terrible maelstrom of Chaos, is the sole bastion of order…Fascinating.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 2/17/2014

    " Painfully difficult to finish. I'm a fan of Bear's other work like the Darwin's children series. The structure of the story made it really hard to keep going... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/12/2014

    " A hard novel to read and enjoy. Also quite long, so better read in long sessions otherwise the plot and characters can get mixed up. Story about twisted time lines as the world as we know it comes to an end. Ginny and Jack are able to jump from line to line, but as the end approaches, they find that the number of strands become less and less. They are also mirrored by creatures in another world who are themselves/parts of themselves. Frankly, a bit metaphysical for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 2/11/2014

    " Oh dear lord, this was horribly long, confusing and boring. Worst of all, he took a promising premise and created impenetrable mythology and made up ridiculous new "laws" of physics that were never explained or even contextualized. What the hell just happened?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Obsidian Eagle | 2/10/2014

    " Not Greg Bear's best book but one which successfully weaves superstring theory and chaos math into a compelling, fantastical narrative. Wider leaps leaps in credibility than his previous works like Forge of God/Anvil of Stars or Eon/Eternity although it's nice to see a hard sci-fi writer run with his far-fetched ideas. This actually reminded me more of his early fantasy books (Infinity Concerto/Serpent Mage). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/31/2014

    " Sci fi usually isn't good literature, still, a few good ideas introduced but squandered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Brau | 1/30/2014

    " To all the people who gave this book bad reviews...it's called using your imagination people!!!!!!!! This is a definite buy for me. Can't wait to finish it!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/30/2014

    " Deeply weird, compelling, and mysterious, by turns chilling and sublime, every page packed with amazing imagery, this book was an absolute joy to read and thrilled right to the very end. The plot wends a corkscrew path between quantum mechanics and the metaphysical, unfolding before the characters' eyes -- some of the present day, some of a distant and alien future, some who seem to exist outside of time entirely. This is a story that almost demands repeat readings, promising a new experience through different eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/27/2014

    " One the very few books I've had to put down before finishing. The reader gets dropped the middle of a narrative and asked, "Hold on, you'll' get' what we're talking about in the next 100 pages or so". Not my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missy | 1/18/2014

    " It had 127 chapters. About 30 of the chapters mixed in were good. Overall, the best part of the book is the author's name- Greg Bear. If I must use only 1 word to describe the book I will leave you with this..."HUH?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bret Scheidenhelm | 12/28/2013

    " I really can't tell if this is the best book I've ever read or if I didn't understand what the heck was going on! Sorry but it needs like a glossary or I needed to track the different races and characters better, because all the made up words made me sad and unable to follow what was going on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 12/28/2013

    " I tried to read this and gave up b/c I just didn't care about it. Maybe it would have gotten better but I wasn't willing to try it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryanhubbell | 12/23/2013

    " Not a compelling read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/21/2013

    " Coulda been shorter or longer. Shorter to cut the long build-up to the fizzle ending, or longer to make the ending more fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simonf | 10/30/2013

    " Could not get beyond half way through this turgid and uninteresting book. Very disappointing from the author of Eon, The Forge of God and Moving Mars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 8/11/2013

    " Seemingly intentionally confusing. Well written but not particularly enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Elford | 5/31/2013

    " a bit too surreal for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Aide | 5/8/2013

    " Loving this book so far "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jilly | 2/9/2013

    " Wa-ay too complicated "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 2/8/2013

    " Eh. Not really what I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyle | 9/17/2012

    " I'll have to re-read this, but I recall the end-of-time aspect as being pretty mind-blowing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clayton Bigsby | 9/11/2012

    " Jesus, this thing just dragged on forever and ever. Had some cool and engaging parts throughout but it was all buried in a highly disjointed and dull story. I like Bear's other books but this one might just have been a little too ambitious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Stahl | 8/11/2012

    " Read a review by a fella named Robert for this one. Nailed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willy | 4/15/2012

    " People sure are cranky about this book. I thought there were lots of amazing passages. The end was both flat and abrupt. Glad I read it, I will think about the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisha | 3/29/2012

    " Good. Complex. But I feel like more should've "happened." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/7/2012

    " Wow. Cool concept but REALLY difficult to get in to and the hierarchy of his 'world' is extremely difficult to follow. Still, worth slogging through for the adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Violetta | 7/6/2011

    " In the beginning is the Word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 5/8/2011

    " The early parts of this book were great. As the story progressed and concluded it was a bit disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 4/6/2011

    " It may not be one of my favorite Greg Bear novels, but I really like his writing style so I may end up reading it again some day. It kept my interest and had some unique (to me) ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 2/28/2011

    " 3.5* - Good premise, and a welcome return to sf for Bear who I understand has been off writing FBI novels for a while. Went on a bit long, as books about the end of the universe sometimes seem to have a tendency to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alftheo | 1/26/2011

    " Lekker hard-core science-fiction. Gets confused from around the middle, and good luck to the special effects people if someone wants to make the movie "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Larry | 1/1/2011

    " Maybe it's just me -- but I just couldn't follow this at all. Actually, I believe I tried to read it once before with the same result. Remind me not to try again -- okay? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 R | 12/26/2010

    " Actually pretty enjoyable read; definitely wanted to get to the end. I like expansive vistas of space and time in my SF (a la Solomon Gursky). Still, didn't think it was Bear's finest work as the characters were a bit leaden, as were their motivations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aliza | 9/21/2010

    " After finishing this book, I'm not even sure that I would give it a 2 star. It had potential, but just didn't keep my interest. I had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 habber | 9/17/2010

    " Sci fi usually isn't good literature, still, a few good ideas introduced but squandered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyle | 9/7/2010

    " I'll have to re-read this, but I recall the end-of-time aspect as being pretty mind-blowing. "

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About the Author
Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

About the Narrator

Charles Leggett, AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, and Seattle Shakespeare Company, among many others. His voice work is also featured in the first two Dungeon Siege video games as well as in Hoyle’s Casino Empire.