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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (576 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Kress Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the Internet:

We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly. We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it. Therefore we request 21 volunteers to visit seven planets to witness for us. We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety. Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@atoners.com.

At first, everyone thought it was a joke. But it wasn't.

This is the story of three of those volunteers and what they found on Kular A and Kular B.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arun | 2/18/2014

    " I think it's supposed to be deep, but truthfully, it isn't. It's kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/15/2014

    " This did grab me and pull me through. Mostly only 3 stars instead of 4 because I didn't think the resolution was as good as the set-up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting idea, reads well, but ultimately doesn't quite address any of the questions raised in a satisfying way. The author even feels the need to spell out the message directly at the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Heuler | 2/3/2014

    " A strong start, but it wound down a little bit as it went along. It got a little muddled for me, less and less convincing, as it went along. I found myself less invested in the problems than I wanted to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pilars Scott | 1/30/2014

    " interesting read, gave me a lot to think about. more of a fantasy about truth and lies than a sci fi book. I would have like to have either seen the world and sci fi nature of the book expanded a bit or seen it tightened into a novella. I'd like to pick up more books from the author as I found this one very intriguing if a bit oddly paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/26/2014

    " I like Nancy Kress' style, and this didn't disappoint in that regard. That said, it suffers a bit from my pet-peeve of a lot of build up and high-concept, without a satisfying payoff. If she'd compressed the book to 60% of it's length and then written another 40% about what happens after the end of this book, it would have been much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina M. | 1/23/2014

    " Great book! Great characterization, great read. 'nough said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imani | 1/19/2014

    " This was a very smart and interesting sci-fi novel. It included spiritual elements that I was not expecting. Ultimately, a fun and short read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/7/2014

    " This is a really fascinating philosophical "what if?" that reminded me a lot of The Sparrow. Character-driven and not afraid to ask tough questions, the exploration of alien planets is the least interesting part of this truly terrific tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/29/2013

    " Nancy Kress is a great writer and I think that this could've been stronger, but I am not sure how. And sadly the cover is (imho) dreadful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 reed | 12/23/2013

    " Interesting premise and pretty well-written. I liked the exploration of faith/belief, but I wish I had been able to care more about the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/30/2013

    " If you like science fiction, I highly recommend this book. I give it 3 stars compared to all the books I've read (it's not as emotionally-involving or well-written as many non-SF novels I love), but I'd give it 4.5 stars in the science fiction genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 8/9/2013

    " It's a cute premise. But it feels a bit like Heinlein's "Beyond This Horizon" with aliens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 4/15/2013

    " Good book. Doesn't go where you might think it would, and then doesn't go where you think it should. Or something. I liked it a lot, because I like a little moral dilemma in my sci-fi. And it kept me wondering until the end, when I thought it was a bit weak. But, I won't spoil it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helge Moulding | 2/8/2013

    " I mostly liked the book, but I thought the ending was weak. I wrote a short review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heath | 12/6/2012

    " This book had great ideas and concepts but it was not crafted as well as it could have been. It seemed to be flat and boring until some nugget of intrigue grabbed your attention, but then it went back to something slightly uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Offutt | 11/27/2012

    " This was very creative and thought provoking. One of the best SF books I've read in quite awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Flanagan | 11/1/2012

    " A great book. Well written crisp story that answered enough of the questions and actually took more than a couple paragraphs to end the story right. As an added plus there were more happy endings in the story than usual but without it seeming sappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher McKitterick | 9/9/2012

    " The first part was, I thought, interesting and clever, but the energy drops off after the big reveal (why the Atoners set us on this mission), and I care less and less about the characters. I wanted to love it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 8/8/2012

    " I am a nancy Kress fan - but this book disappointed me somewhat. A neat basic premise, but the presentation didn't quite make the interesting read that was there "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DDog | 10/10/2011

    " Really enjoyed this and will be seeking more of Kress' work. Clever and captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/1/2011

    " A great book. Well written crisp story that answered enough of the questions and actually took more than a couple paragraphs to end the story right. As an added plus there were more happy endings in the story than usual but without it seeming sappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/20/2011

    " If you like science fiction, I highly recommend this book. I give it 3 stars compared to all the books I've read (it's not as emotionally-involving or well-written as many non-SF novels I love), but I'd give it 4.5 stars in the science fiction genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DDog | 4/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this and will be seeking more of Kress' work. Clever and captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/11/2011

    " Read this after I read "Beggers in Spain" because I was loving all things Nancy Kress. And although I really enjoyed it, I didn't LOVE it like I did the other. Still a good read tho and one I would suggest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/12/2011

    " This did grab me and pull me through. Mostly only 3 stars instead of 4 because I didn't think the resolution was as good as the set-up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 11/7/2010

    " It's a cute premise. But it feels a bit like Heinlein's "Beyond This Horizon" with aliens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arun | 10/2/2010

    " I think it's supposed to be deep, but truthfully, it isn't. It's kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 9/9/2010

    " Interesting -- ultimately a little disappointing. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is the bestselling author of twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collections and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress frequently explores biology and genetic engineering in her fiction, as in her acclaimed Beggars series and her bio-thriller, Dogs. She is a four-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of the Sturgeon and Campbell Awards as well as two Hugos. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers’ Program and, as a guest professor, at the University of Leipzig.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.