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Children of Ruin

Lu par : Mel Hudson
Série : Children of Time Series, Volume 2
Durée : 15 h et 25 min
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It has been waiting though the ages. Now it’s time....

Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.

Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.

But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.

And it’s been waiting for them.

Children of Ruin is the powerful follow-up to the award-winning Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

©2019 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Debraj
  • 18/05/2019

A brilliant, unique, and mind expanding sequel!

I loved Children of Time mainly because I found the story of the Spiders on Kern's World to be incredibly interesting. Their societal norms, technology, and mythos were wholly unique. The book was a Herculean example of world building, from Kern's world to the failed human empire that inadvertently spawned it.
Children of Ruin, does not disappoint! It expands on the characters you come to love for their unique traits and foibles, and introduces many more!
Mel Hudson's performance is transcendent. She gives every character their own voice and attitude. Her performance is a perfect compliment to Adrian's writing style. I highly recommend this book. It will take you on an adventure ;)

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  • Tiffany T.
  • 13/06/2019

Not What I Was Expecting

6/13/19
I discovered Children of Time a few months ago and was so addicted I was listening at every chance I got. Then I discovered this one was available for preorder and I jumped on it. I figured it would be about the new character introduced at the end of CoT, and it was sortof, but I was a bit disappointed that we didn't really get into her mind in the same way that we did for Holsten. By the end of CoT, I felt like I knew him, but after CoR, I don't feel like I knew his daughter at all. And I guess the point was to know Senkovi more. Anyway, I REALLY liked getting into the minds of the octopuses and the "whatever-they-were" from Nod. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that I absolutely did NOT see the way the book ended coming, although maybe I should have. It was very anti-climatic for me, and there were a few times where I had to go back and re-listen to the chapter because I missed something and was very confused. I felt the book ended rather abruptly. I remember when I was listening and I heard the word "Epilogue" I was like, "What? It's over already??" Maybe I zoned out on that last chapter.

One great point was the language of the octopuses and the frustration of communication from both sides. I loved that the cephalopods used color and that the humans and spiders had no idea what to do with that, and the octopuses thought the others were mute. I did find the way the translations came about to be a little too easily won though.

I also liked the way the "whatever-they-were" on Nod were presented, and how and why they acted the way they did. Once I got to the end of the book and really understood what they were doing, I appreciated this even more.

I did find the way Mel Hudson pronounced "cephalopod" to be extremely grating and, similar to another review, an odd tarnish on an otherwise brilliant narration. I thought maybe it was a US vs UK pronunciation, but no. So that was a bit distracting.

All in all, this was a wonderful book. I think maybe I didn't give it my full attention and missed some things because I had an overall feeling of disappointment when it was over, and I'm not sure why that happened. After reading a ton of other reviews now though, and how awesome CoT was, I think I need to do a re-read sometime soon. If/when I do, I will update my review.

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  • Sehra
  • 10/06/2019

Hard Science Fiction that makes you care

There are few science fiction writers that have captured the impartiality of science in tandem with the emotions and vibrancy of character development. The author does a beautiful job of bringing to life all manner of intelligent beings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/06/2019

A good book but

But it's predecessor was fantastic. This one had a similar pacing, and story telling, and tone, but the novelty wasn't there. In many ways it felt like I was reading exactly the same book over again. There were exciting and creative parts but there were also huge sections that seemed to drone on and on about nothing, very nearly repeating itself.

Again, all and all a good book, and I don't regret reading or buying it, but it not the same quality.

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  • Chris Cyr
  • 28/05/2019

Simply amazing

I loved the first book and am very impressed with this one. Hard science fiction to the core . I will be eagerly be waiting for book 3

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  • pondo
  • 20/05/2019

Rigged reviews

It seems as though the reviews on Audible are rigged nowadays. I have at least 10 books in my library that had glowing reviews that I can't persuade myself to finish, I feel like I got ripped off. Anymore if I see 5 stars across the board for a book, I check the reviewer, and if they have less than 3 reviews I disregard their submission. Point being this is a genuine review by a nonbiased listener. Children of ruin is well worth the credit. As the book started off, I rolled my eyes, Adrian isn't trying to make me buy into another scenario like this is he, seriously! But the main reason to write a book is to entertain, and C o R did that, it was entertaining enough that I enjoyed the beginning and my eye roll faded away like a dream. Then the middle of the book got very intense, I HAD to find out what was going to happen next! Great fun the middle of the book. The end somewhat anti-climatic, but sensical. Also, a scifi pet peeve of mine is, how come all aliens speak English. Adrian's aliens don't speak English, as a matter of fact, his aliens are so different all but the most rudimentary communication is impossible. So I appreciate that someone addressed that problem to a fuller degree than I had ever pondered. Like I said well worth the credit and you will be thoroughly entertained. The performance was one of the best I've listened to, fantastic voice and production.

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  • JOHNROBB
  • 10/06/2019

Not as good as the original

I wanted to like this book but the plot felt a bit fragmented. in the end it was not as good as the original....

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  • Chase B.
  • 19/05/2019

Bold, funny, terrifying, hopeful. Excellent!

Great humor, deeply informed /and/ playfully insightful (a special combination), hopeful with a side of cosmic terror. If you've ever been to school for bio or psych you'll enjoy another layer of this, a layer of deliciously integral details that nonetheless does not harm the rhythm and pace of this book.

Like Children of Time this book does not talk down to you, which is awfully refreshing, but I would say it starts off faster. Adrian was courageous in opening our eyes to the local universe, not taking the easy way out by just wrapping up what we know happened at the end of book 1 - Portiad:Human relations.

Mel Hudson constantly mispronouncing the word "cephalopod" was mildly irritating, but I suspect only those of us with a bio degree will be very vexed by that. Still, would it have been that hard to just Google it? An odd tarnish on such a great performance.

Highly recommended all around. This is getting a second listen in the near future, coupled with a third no doubt when the next book comes out.

I discovered Children of Time around a month ago and devoured it in days. I was happy not to have to wait so long for this sequel and it took some discipline not to kill the entire book in a sitting. That said I'm more than happy to wait for Adrian to put out quality over quantity.

What a book!

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  • Xiaoluobo
  • 26/11/2019

Not even close to the brilliance of the first book

Entertaining. But also bit meandering, with less interesting characters, with less interesting things at stake, with a much, much less satisfying conclusion that was...well, actually a little bit stupid (unbelievable). Not a bad book. But not a great one.

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  • Umut Isik
  • 20/10/2019

Repetitive, with pacing issues. Great narrator though.

I wanted to like this book but I had a hard time getting to the end. There are some good ideas in the book; but after the 10th explanation of how the such and such creatures think, it’s hard to appreciate it anymore. The first book dragged on in the second half as well but this time, it has gotten worse.

The narrator is great as before though. Couldn’t have been a better choice.

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  • DK
  • 22/05/2019

Schöne Fortsetzung !

Beide bisher erschienenen Bücher haben mir sehr gefallen. Mein Hauptkritikpunkt am letzten Buch hat sich mit Diesem auch wieder ergeben. Dennoch habe ich auch hier wieder das Gefühl, dass all die Probleme die sich während der Geschichte ergaben am Ende doch allzu leicht in Luft auflösten. In dem Jetzigen wurden viele offene Punkte aus dem letzten Buch im Detail aufgegriffen, was ich gut fand. Allerdings stehe ich jetzt wieder da und denke mir, wie genau ist das denn passiert? Falls das einfach eine Art bewusster cliffhanger ist, ist das für mich ok. Falls das aber auf Feedback basierte und ich dann nach dem letzten Buch genauso dastehe, weiß ich schon jetzt, dass ich unzufrieden sein werde. In jedem Fall gefällt mir, dass der Autor weniger Schwerpunkt auf individuelle Charakterentwicklung legt, als dass er es schafft eine sich über lange Zeit entwickelnde Geschichte unmittelbar greifbar zu machen. Zudem auch nicht einfach nur eine tolle Theorie aufmacht, sondern auch probiert eine wissenschaftliche Grundlage zu beschreiben, was für mich immer ein Manko von Space Opera, die ja eher prädestiniert für so lange zeitstränge ist, war und ist.

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  • Marius
  • 08/08/2019

More of the same

If you are a die hard fan of the first installment of this series, you will like it, a lot. Otherwise, abstain. It felt to me like an endless and mostly tedious repetition of already known ways of telling a story. Harsh words, I concede, but needed.

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  • Andreas Teschner
  • 11/07/2019

I hope it is the last.

His 1st book was a piece of genius. This one is just good. There is not much added to the initial story other than a reincarnation of pretty much the same. A novel idea and interesting concept to be explored for sure, but don't flogg it to death.

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  • T. Voigt
  • 11/07/2019

Richtig gut!

Eine hervorragende Fortsetzungen eines großartigen Buches.
Die Neuheit des ersten Buchers ist natürlich verflogen. Das stört aber überhaupt nicht - hier gibt es mehr von der grandiosen Geschichte. Der Autor hat es geschafft die Qualität fast durchgehend zu halten.
Sehr zu empfehlen!

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  • Dirk Zimmermann
  • 28/08/2019

mindopening following Update story

as part one of novel you learn about total different World's and existences simply mindwidening

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  • Hasis
  • 15/08/2019

No style, no story

I gave up after a few chapters. The story is boring, but the worst thing is the style. Half finished sentences, sometimes comprising just of one word. Do not read this one, it is a shame.

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  • Norger
  • 30/07/2019

Almost as amazing as the first one.

I will definitely read the next book, which hopefully comes soon. It is on the same level as the Ringworld by Niven. Inventive thinking. A fast paced story which describes the characters along the way. A gift few authors have and maintain from book to hook.