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Summary

The long-awaited new novel by the award-winning, best-selling author of Startide Rising and The Uplift War- an epic novel set 50 years from tomorrow, a carefully-reasoned, scientifically faithful tale of the fate of our world.

©1990 David Brin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"One hell of a novel.... has what sci-fi readers want these days; intelligence, action, and an epic scale".( Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
"The prime attraction of Earth is the author's unfailing resourcefulness in extrapolating a post-greenhouse-effect future that is plausible, dismaying, and amazing in equal parts…. Brin's prose ranges from regular to high octant…. His characters have vivid intellectual lives." ( Entertainment Weekly)
"Brin has conceived his story on a supremely ambitious scale, and executed it with all the skills at this command." ( Chicago Sun-Times)

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The narrators are not bad, but I just couldn't get into the story. Stopped listening half way through.

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Such an interesting book, David Brin is awesome.

I really love the way he deals with the big issues of the time with realistic plots, yet is optimistic. His characters can be a bit too wonderful, a bit too exceptional, and he's certainly US-centric. On the whole very thought provoking and inspiring

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excellent writing and performance, was not aware this is not a recent book. has aged well

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Just could not get into it. Tried twice.

This is one of my favourite subjects but this book seems too disjointed and lacks something.

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loved it

Great read. I think I'll start it again I liked it so much. That was a year ago so it's second time around.

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  • Sean Dustman
  • 21-08-12

David has an inside line on the future

What made the experience of listening to Earth the most enjoyable?

The narration was great the characters came alive.

What other book might you compare Earth to and why?

Accelerando by Charles Stross, it's a strong view of a possible future.

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I'm just got done re-reading David Brin's "Earth" written in 1989 after a 15 year break to see how well it holds (the Audible version with a nice short story at the end that takes place in the same universe). In some of the sub-plot lines, he talks about the leaders with Swiss bank accounts? Check A world linked by computers and camera's recording everything done by the people? Check. Ice melting? Check. Earthquakes next to the coast taking out nuclear power plant? Check. The cost of connecting to the world wide web dropping to less then the cost of gas and food? Soon. Clearly he has a good inner line on projecting what could go on in the near future, check him out of you're looking for a good read.

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  • Dana Pearson
  • 26-01-15

what an amazing prescient and exquisite story!

I have listened to this fascinating book twice now...and it is so filled with thoughtful insights and exciting plotlines I may listen to it annually!

David Brin has grown hugely as an author and storyteller. This book is so much richer than all the typical dystopian novels littering the sci fi landscape I wish everyone could consume this book... as it deliciously depicts the unfolding future on many levels. It will cause you to think and reflect on where we are and where we are headed all wrapped neatly in a mystery filled with intrigue and emotion.

The narrator's are wonderful, adding to the rich depictions and extrapolations which combine to bring this story alive and give any thinking human a reason to pause and reflect on all we are doing and how things might unfold.

while the plotlines are fun and unique, it is the world Brin depicts that is the true beauty of this majestic adventure... do not miss it!

and I must add...absolutely the best endings ever... you get three... all connected and wonderful... the main story, Brian's discussion, and a lovely postscript... each of which it's absolutely marvelous

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-06-12

Boring, Green peace propoganda

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Overall I am a big fan of Brin, I own practically his hole collection and was glad to hear of a new book from him. But this book I could not get into 6 hours into it and no hope or redeeming characters to follow. Just allot soap box standing about how bad humans are for polluting. I will quote the book "It is not smart to bleep in your own yard" and I hole heartily agree. But this book paints a picture that I just do not believe we are stupid enough to create or the earth that fragile. Maybe I am wrong. Either way, I doubt I can bring my self to finish this book.

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  • Cyclops
  • 28-01-21

Great story! Needed better voice direction.

This is a great story. Heady sci fi with intense action and drama with the fate of the Earth at stake. Modern readers need to remember that this book originally came out in 1990. Yes it is a bit environmentally preachy but given where the planet is right now in terms of global warming, it’s nice to see SOME people could see the direction things were headed and used their craft to draw attention to the problem 30+ years ago.
The problem I have is with the performances. David DeVries is good and for the most part does an excellent job. Whoever directed him though (assuming he was directed) let him give a New Zealand accent to a clearly American character. The book has shared narration, with the male characters chapters read by DeVries and the female character chapters read by Kristin Kalbli. For the most part the characters don’t overlap but in a few chapters they do. DeVries first encountered the American character in New Zealand so he must’ve assumed she was from there. A clear example of why voice talent should read the script PRIOR to acting the part. Aside from that, he does a fantastic job.
Kristin Kalbli on the other hand, while not the worst reader I’ve heard, still comes across as over articulated and a bit stilted at times. She’s a little too careful to make sure she reads E V E R Y L E T T E R to the point that it’s a bit distracting. Hitting the last consonant a little to hard. Don’T do thaT iT sounds weirD to the ear.
So for performance DeVries gets 4 stars and Kalbli gets 2 - combined average = 3 stars.
The story is a lot of fun and a bit unnerving. Interesting to see how accurate Brin was about some things like email and the internet but completely missed cell phones and the form the internet would take. As if early forums and email was as far as internet technology was going to go. I can forgive that though. I would recommend this book, just arm yourself for some of the disappointing aspects of the voice performance.

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  • matthew
  • 09-05-16

preachy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I love David Brin and I am sympathetic to the message but it makes for a super boring and preachy book. Skip this one, its a stinker.

What was most disappointing about David Brin’s story?

Very heavy ecological message.

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  • Gio
  • 06-11-19

Milestone

Great book, not perfect reading.
A truly remarkable re-imagining of our planet used as a trick to go deep into the theories on how to preserve our dear earth.
I loved it in paper and wanted to listen to it, I was mostly happy about this version too.

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  • Nick Thomson
  • 14-06-17

always surprised

I'm always surprised by how early David Brin's books were written after I've read them. I think that they must be written after 2010 to find out they were written before 1990

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  • Todd
  • 11-10-16

long but good it drags at times....the ideas prese

this book drags a bit however the ideas presented are worth the listen and the performance is excellent

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  • Shakir
  • 26-01-16

disjointed story line, not meant for audio format

disjointed story line, not meant for audio format. I struggled to finish the book .

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  • Brian
  • 04-02-13

great science fiction, characters and facts

What did you love best about Earth?

the connections it made for me about how the world works; social; economic and physical

What other book might you compare Earth to and why?

Kim Stanley Robinson "2312" except on a universal palette

Have you listened to any of David DeVries and Kristin Calbley ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Any additional comments?

wish it wasn't over.....

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