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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vernor Vinge Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zones of Thought Series Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781427212467
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Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them.

While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power… and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Ballard | 2/12/2014

    " A fun yarn and sequel but nothing ground breaking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veliander | 2/11/2014

    " Conforming is definitely not my way, but in this case I must agree with the majority of my fellow readers: the book is not bad on its own, but compared to the other works in the series it feels a bit like a letdown. Let's hope the whole thing doesn't degrade like another "Safehold"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The3rdwall | 2/7/2014

    " Good, but not as good as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 2/1/2014

    " I'm happy to get any new Zones of Thought book from Vinge, but this was a bit of a letdown. It's an enjoyable book, but feels unfinished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Martincik | 1/27/2014

    " I loved Fire Upon the Deep and really enjoyed getting re-acquainted with these characters. I hope Vinge writes a follow-up book. At the same time, I can't rate this book any higher than three stars. For all that I enjoyed the rambling nature of the book it always felt on the verge of losing focus. More troublingly, one of the major antagonists comes off as little more than sneeringly evil (and that word, evil, gets tossed around just a bit too much in the book) and drags down other elements of the book. Positive overall and I was glad for the focus on characters, but I look for a tighter, punchier sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/22/2014

    " A nice return to the Tines World. Maybe it's not as good as the first book but how often does an author write one of the great SF books OF ALL TIME? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby Driscoll | 1/21/2014

    " A huge disappointment. A series with a cosmic scale goes small and fails to captivate. The "pack mind" concept was captivating the first time around, but it gets tired fast during the encore. It doesn't help that the personalities range from cartoonish to inscrutable. There isn't a single one to really root for. Finishing the book was unrewarding, as the conclusion was little more than a setup for another boring sequel. Read the first two great books of this series, and then move along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva Mitnick | 1/19/2014

    " I can't get enough of those Tines. Please, Mr. Vinge - may we have some more? But really, I'll take anything you care to write. Just don't make us wait so long this time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pol Llovet | 1/11/2014

    " Disappointing. I could go on, but that's my overwhelming review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal Starkey | 1/6/2014

    " Decent sequel, though I had a hard time remembering much from the first one and the subsequent prequel. Leaves the door open for many more sequels if Vinge continues at this pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/6/2013

    " Fascinating. The group mind Tines are great but absurdly doggish. The story is good, but there is a much-too-long section where we just have the oncoming train, waiting for catastrophe to realize itself. And the ending is considerably overbaked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 10/3/2013

    " I need another one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bj Tucker | 4/5/2013

    " Extremely disappointing and aimless "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alfred | 2/9/2013

    " Interesting story about how the children and trines work together, but not as much space opera as I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/26/2013

    " A book I have been waiting for for years. Sadly, not the masterwork the previous two were. I will have to reevaluate once the obvious sequel(s) are published "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel R. | 11/14/2012

    " A wonderful continuation of the series marred by too much setup for what comes next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mcgyver5 | 9/27/2012

    " interesting addition to the Zones of thought and the Tines world. I love this universe. This book didn't move the plot along as much as I'd hoped. Waiting for another sequel now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Penny | 2/13/2012

    " Maybe you had to read the first book to understand this one. I tried 4 times to read it and I just couldn't follow all the characters and their multiples. I can't recommend this book because I couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curt Hopkins | 10/29/2011

    " Too much time on Tines World to be as grand in scope as the first book. I liked the weird science from the first, which is not as important in the second. Good story, though, and still a very weird alien. Clearly a third is planned. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elliott | 10/27/2011

    " If you liked "A Fire Upon the Deep" you won't like the continued GRRM-esque adventure story of the children and the dog-pack-tines. Where's the sweeping space Opera? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/18/2011

    " This engaging science-fantasy adventure story, set more-or-less exclusively on Tines' World, will disappoint some fans of A Fire Upon the Deep (to which it is the official sequel), but will please those who enjoyed Vinge's early planetary adventure novels, like The Witling. "

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About the Author
Author Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including three for Best Novel, for A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, and Rainbows End. For many years a professor of computer science, he is a highly regarded, visionary authority on the subject of the technological Singularity. He lives in San Diego, California.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.