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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Bear Narrator: Alma Cuervo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jacob's Ladder Series Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781436185752
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Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear has been called one of the best science fiction authors of her generation. In Dust she skillfully spins a classic science fiction trope—the lost generation ship—into a complex and compelling tale of fallen angels, secretive family politics, and sexual taboo.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginn | 2/19/2014

    " Elizabeth Bear is one imaginative writer. Many of the concepts in this book such as "ship-fish" and the nano-tech angels are new to me and I loved hearing about them. I only wish she wouldn't have explored the incestual relationships that occured. I understand that while being stuck on a space ship for 500 years means that you'd be hard pressed to find someone you weren't related to in some way, but really. That's not a place I care to be taken to; it's a little too open-minded for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 2/4/2014

    " Luscious prose, but the characters are vapid, unsympathetic, fickle, inconsistent, and often juvenile. The world-building is interesting but under-utilized. This read like a first draft: there's a spark of potential, but it needed much more cultivation and care to build to a steady flame. I was so uninvested in the characters that I actually stopped reading with a mere 20 pages to go. Just didn't care how it ended. In my mind, the ship exploded and everyone died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 12/28/2013

    " Skillfully crafted and completely beautiful. Having said that: not entirely up my alley. But I appreciated it and will pick up the next two, if only to look around in wonder and go, "Whoa." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 12/28/2013

    " An interesting mix of fantasy and sci-fi, I really enjoyed the premise - what happens when a generation ship gets stranded before it gets to its destination? There were some unexpected twists, most of which I enjoyed, although I found the Rien/Perceval thing a little odd. I could definitely see the Amber parallels (Benedick was clearly Benedict, and I got a kick out of seeing Caithness, Cynric and Caitlin mentioned, having played Caitlin in "Seven for a Secret"). It did manage to wrap some things up, but it's definitely the first in a series. I'm looking forward to reading the next book, Chill, when it comes out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 10/16/2013

    " Utterly brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Nygren | 10/10/2013

    " One of the better sci fi books I've read recently. Characters are compelling, and the strangeness of the situation they find themselves in is compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kvon | 6/30/2013

    " One of the better Bear's that I've read, although her characters are still hard to connect with. Odd mix of feudalism and nanotech/astroscience. Too many angels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magen Hughes | 6/21/2013

    " Really good book, first one I read for the Women of Sci-Fi book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsi | 12/9/2012

    " Definitely one of the better books I've read this year. And, it was encouraging to get to the end and discover that book #2 was scheduled for a 2009 release -- I just need to go looking for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 7/9/2012

    " I expected a lot more ... action, I guess. Was disappointed overall, so I doubt I'll pick up the next installment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh Storey | 5/19/2012

    " Not my favorite piece by Bear, but not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LadyCroft86 | 3/8/2012

    " This book was really good. Sometimes it was a little confusing and I had to look up some of the words but once you got past that the story was really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magendhughes | 5/13/2011

    " Really good book, first one I read for the Women of Sci-Fi book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 4/10/2011

    " Very entertaining. I'll be interested to see if the author sustains this in the sequels. "

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

    " Pretty neat story. I might check out the sequel. It wasn't as memorable as some of the other books that I've read lately, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliette | 3/19/2011

    " Superlative use of Arthurian mythology, generation ships tropes, and sprawling families. Yes, it all sounds a bit weird, but it meshes wonderfully well. "

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

    " This book was really good. Sometimes it was a little confusing and I had to look up some of the words but once you got past that the story was really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celia | 2/12/2011

    " I just could not get into this story. Bear's story of a generation ship and a dying star dumps you right into the action with very little explanation, and the characters are almost universally cold or two dimensional. Eh. I don't think Bear is for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dejah_thoris | 1/15/2011

    " Still not sure what I think about it. Got much better towards the end when explanations helped everything make more sense, but there's still a lot of really strange concepts going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helga | 1/4/2011

    " 3.5 stars. I liked it . . . I think. I have a feeling that parts of it were completely over my head. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear is an American author known for her speculative fiction. Among her many awards are multiple Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award, the Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award.

About the Narrator

Alma Cuervo is 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. Her audiobook narrations include Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin and Francine Rivers’ The Scarlet Thread, among many others.