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Download The Dark Design: Riverworld Saga, Book 3 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Dark Design: Riverworld Saga, Book 3 (Unabridged), by Philip Jose Farmer
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Jose Farmer Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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Best-selling author Philip José Farmer crafted an science-fiction landmark with his wildly imaginative Riverworld series. In this third installment, much has transpired since Earth's denizens found themselves resurrected along the shores of a river 22 million miles long. With the truth of this strange river's creators, the Ethicals, still shrouded in mystery, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Samuel Clemens, King John, and Cyrano de Bergerac face a fantastical voyage of discovery.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 2/13/2014

    " Dream gum, all the leaders of the past resurrected, trippy plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/30/2014

    " the series seems to get better with each book. looking forward to the next book, which I believe is the conclusion of the main plot. One other book after, but it is either an epilogue or a collection of related stories. "

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

    " This third installment of Farmer's Riverworld series was full of achievements, disappointments, action, and bitter betrayals for our band of heroes. It was quite a rollercoaster ride interspersed with occasional and odd flat sections of, I suppose, necessary character development. The mystery of the Riverworld has deepened and I look forward to the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 1/16/2014

    " I thought this was a bit tedious, but I'm committed to try to finish the entire series. I never read them back in the 80's, and am trying to correct that oversight. Already started on the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dru | 12/3/2013

    " I read this series years ago as part of the Sci Fi book club. All I recall about it was that it began as an interesting concept, but eventually devolved into something kind of silly and ridiculous by the end. Repeating this review for all 5 books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo Loureiro | 9/24/2013

    " The adventure continues at high speed, now with airships and new characters to muddy the waters (pun intended). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 9/15/2013

    " Reread 2009; previously read 1989-92. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Xu | 7/27/2013

    " I would like this book better if the characters went in different groups in different directions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene | 6/22/2013

    " Series is beginning to jump the shark, but still interested. "

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

    " The weak entry in the series. There are two concurrent story lines. One is about Burton and is boring and the other is about a bunch of people using the metal from Clemens' asteroid to build a dirigible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥ Marlene♥ | 1/17/2013

    " Better than book 2 but some parts were boring. Too many people were introduces again. it got too complicated. I wasn't happy with the Frigate character for instance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/10/2012

    " The first two books of the Riverworld series are amazing. Unfortunately, Farmer starts to run out of ideas somewhere around here. Then it goes downhill rapidly. Too bad, because it started out so well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake Adams | 7/10/2012

    " Continues the series of Riverworld, somewhat more disjointed than the previous two, as it follows a few different groups of people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 6/11/2012

    " Maybe I was just sleep deprived late last night, but I ended up being so confused. Hopefully the next book will clear things up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srochat | 12/8/2011

    " The would-be explorers of the Riverworld begin to converge as the odd life-after-death setting undergoes its greatest test ... and perhaps a chance to win some answers. Parts of this book move a little more slowly than in the first two, but the payoff is worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/2/2011

    " The Riverworld story turns into a chase scene! Which mode of transport will get to the answers first? Exciting with plenty of character development, another great addition to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/22/2010

    " I would like this book better if the characters went in different groups in different directions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/13/2010

    " Dream gum, all the leaders of the past resurrected, trippy plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moritz | 9/23/2010

    " Better than book 2 which too slow for my taste. The Riverworld's still a great concept and contains some interesting characters. Here and there the book's a bit longish, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 azdbackfan | 6/6/2010

    " The weak entry in the series. There are two concurrent story lines. One is about Burton and is boring and the other is about a bunch of people using the metal from Clemens' asteroid to build a dirigible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ? Marlene? | 6/21/2009

    " Better than book 2 but some parts were boring. Too many people were introduces again. it got too complicated. I wasn't happy with the Frigate character for instance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/13/2009

    " The first two books of the Riverworld series are amazing. Unfortunately, Farmer starts to run out of ideas somewhere around here. Then it goes downhill rapidly. Too bad, because it started out so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 4/26/2009

    " the series seems to get better with each book. looking forward to the next book, which I believe is the conclusion of the main plot. One other book after, but it is either an epilogue or a collection of related stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srochat | 2/25/2009

    " The would-be explorers of the Riverworld begin to converge as the odd life-after-death setting undergoes its greatest test ... and perhaps a chance to win some answers. Parts of this book move a little more slowly than in the first two, but the payoff is worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/20/2008

    " Part three in the Riverworld Series - really great sci-fi/fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 7/31/2008

    " Maybe I was just sleep deprived late last night, but I ended up being so confused. Hopefully the next book will clear things up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 3/8/2008

    " Finally, an interesting female character enters this series! "

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