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2.99922219341457 out of 52.99922219341457 out of 52.99922219341457 out of 52.99922219341457 out of 52.99922219341457 out of 5 3.00 (3,857 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Galactic Empire Series Release Date: February 1975 ISBN: 9781482973792
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High above the planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters. Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed. Barely able to speak or care for himself when he was found, Rik is widely regarded as a simpleton by the worker community where he lives. But as his memories begin to return, Rik finds himself driven by a cryptic message he is determined to deliver: everyone on Florinia is doomed … the Currents of Space are bringing destruction. But if the planet is evacuated, the power of Sark will end—so some would finish the job and would kill the messenger. The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.

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  • “Isaac Asimov is the greatest explainer of the age.”

    Carl Sagan

  • “One of the world’s premier science fiction writers.”

    Newsday

  • “For fifty years it was Isaac Asimov’s tone of address that all the other voices of SF obeyed…His was the default voice of SF.”

    The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

  • “Kevin Collins communicates the gravity of the threat to the universe and the failure of those in power to heed it…Collins subtly develops the character of Rik as he’s thrust into the midst of political intrigue.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory Hughart | 2/18/2014

    " I'm reading Asimov according to his own published reading list. It's quite a jump between Robots & Empire and this according to the story chronology, and also a big jump back in time according to publication date chronology. It's interesting how one somewhat unexplained fact, like Earth being radioactive, could be woven so tightly into a story written after, but set earlier than this one. This has been something I've noted about many sci-fi series before. If I ever write anything, I'll be sire to include some big plot element that is never explained, so that I may write stories chronologically earlier that give depth to chronologically later stories already written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/14/2014

    " Classic Asimov. Written in the same universe as the Foundation Trilogy... Trantor, myths of Earth, the origin of Humanity. This is a thrilling murder mystery with all the best elements of classic Sci-Fi. And, it's a quick read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 2/6/2014

    " a local government controls a commodity and enslaves the natives; a native rebellion is stirring; an empire moves to topple the local government to control the commodity in the name of peace; and, a scientist predicts global extinction... IN SPACE! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 1/30/2014

    " The story was better than The Stars, Like Dust, but I'd still recommend other Asimov "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marco | 1/26/2014

    " The story take place on the word of Florinia, the only source in the universe of precious kyrt. The inhabitant are subjugated and kept in ignorance by the Sarkite. Things start to change when a scientist is found on Sark with his memories wiped because dangerous for the universe balance. Asimov wrote some extraordinary books, as well as some so-and-so ones. This book sits in the middle. It is well-written and quite entertaining, but it is not as memorable or powerful as others like pebble in the sky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/17/2014

    " This is classic Science Fiction from the early 50's. And yet, it raises issues of skin color and class attitudes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/9/2014

    " One of Asimov's earliest novels, it still holds up pretty well. It's the story of one planet being enslaved by another and the attempts of the slaves to break free. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/2/2014

    " Over half a century later and Asimov's novels still hold up. What's more, they still have things to teach us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 12/31/2013

    " Great book!Now I have only to read the stars like dust to complete the Galactic Empire series.I love Asimov.Now I am curious to know if currents of space really exist.Such an interesting concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 treva | 12/13/2013

    " When I finished this, I was surprised to see it was written in 1952, and not later. That might be because I'm not a scientist. But I do feel Asmiov has a truly timeless quality to his writing, particularly in his understanding of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raja99 | 6/2/2013

    " (Finished 2010-09-28 22:45:19.4 EDT +/- 0.13s) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Palmer | 8/17/2012

    " Not much better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Baxter Cannada | 8/9/2012

    " A little Phantom Menacy with its lack of a protagonist. The constant introduction of new characters throughout the book got a little old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Razinha | 2/20/2012

    " Better than "The Stars, Like Dust", but then it couldn't help but be better than that one. At least he refrained from a cheesy ending. Continuing my march through Asimov's Foundation universe. Haven't read three of the remaining nine..."Pebble in the Sky" being one of the three and next... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/31/2011

    " Amazing. I thought the book a new releases, finished it noting all the parallels to current events, then found it was written in 1952. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 5/16/2011

    " The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov (2009) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/7/2011

    " This is a mystery story disguised as a thriller. Or rather, it's a thriller with a mystery-style resolution. In my opinion, it wasn't done very well. I like Asimov a lot, but this is one of his weaker books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/16/2011

    " Grade B+. Also read 1978, grade B. Book Ge1, Fh6. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titus | 1/13/2011

    " This book was good, but I didn't find the plot twists convincing or the writing very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikee | 1/2/2011

    " Good science fiction. Written nearly sixty years ago, but not terribly dated.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/19/2010

    " Typical of Isaac Asimovwell paced but not fast.Characters that evoke thought.A plot that surprises you. Well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 11/20/2010

    " Merely okay. The three major story arcs really didn't work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 11/15/2010

    " Typical battle between the corrupt powers of the ruling class and their power over the workers set in another world. Well told by Asimov. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikimara | 11/15/2010

    " con asimov si va sul sicuro, la scrittura coinvolgente e lo stile suadente non tradiscono mai le aspettative. è un classico che piace anche a chi, come me, storce il naso con la fantascienza. la sua qualità sovrasta il concetto stesso di genere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 11/6/2010

    " The book is basically a spy thriller set in space, but Asimov works a little civil rights commentary into it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 10/5/2010

    " I caught a cold while reading this so I had to take a break from it for a few weeks, so it took longer to read than I'd hoped. That aside, I liked the book and enjoyed reading it. The whodunit twist was a total surprise to me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/9/2010

    " Not great, but not bad. Nothing new to me but maybe it was ground-breaking back in the day. "

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About the Author
Author Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.