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Sintesi dell'editore

Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.Why did the Firstborn create Mir? Why was Bisesa taken there and then brought back on the day after her original disappearance?

Bisesa's questions receive a chilling answer when scientists discover an anomaly in the sun's core - an anomaly that has no natural cause, evidence of alien intervention over two thousand years before. Now, plans set in motion millennia ago by inscrutable watchers light-years away are coming to fruition, in a sunstorm designed to scour the Earth of all life through a bombardment of deadly radiation.

Thus commences a furious race against a ticking solar time bomb. But even now, as apocalypse looms, cooperation is not easy for the peoples and nations of the Earth. Religious and political differences threaten to undermine every effort. And all the while, the Firstborn are watching...

©2005 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Lettura
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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anderson Silva
  • 28/07/2016

amazing book. I strongly recommend it!

For the Scifi lovers, this book is a state of art! I strongly recommend it!

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Larry
  • 29/04/2012

Very scientific

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love time travel novels. The first in this series was more time travel related. This book was very informative about the sun. Good but not great.

Would you recommend Sunstorm to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. It's part of the series.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Aldea W.
  • 29/09/2020

amazing sequel

this book picked up nicely where the first stopped, amazing writing, well right out and some nice twisted and turns

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andy
  • 20/06/2019

Gets Better As It Goes.

This 2nd installment in this series took a while to grab my attention. About half way through it picked up considerably and I couldn't put it down.

Classic Clarke and Baxter. I haven't read a ton of Stephen Baxter but I've almost read every single book that Arthur C Clarke has ever written and I've loved almost all of it. The "almost" might apply to the beginning of this book.

Coming off the heels of the time slip adventure of the 1st volume of this series, I was little let down and confused by the change of direction for the narrative. I had so many unanswered questions about the eyes, Mir, the time slip mechanics, the modern characters from the last book, and this book just jumps ahead into a modern era Earth based adventure with a "sun about to explode and wipe us out" story line that didn't interest me at first.

After what felt like a long-ish set up dealing with lots of global politics and built up suspense, the book finally started to grab my attention when they started working out the master plan to build a shield. Up until then, I was having trouble keeping interested and engaged. Especially after how moved I was by the story of the humans from different timelines being thrown together, this felt a little too "disaster movie" by contrast for my taste.

Like all Clarke stories, they grow on me and get better as they unfold. I eventually became invested and was all about it by the end.

Excited to see what the final book of the series does with 2 such different books to start out. I want to know more about the 3 AI minds laser shot across the stars, I want to learn more about the first born and their story, I wish I knew what became of the Mir world and the alternate timeline inhabitants. Where is Mir and where are those humans now?

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 05/02/2013

Educated people won't War?

This is the second book of a series, but so little from the first book is used in this book, you really don't have to start with the first book if you don't want.

Neither Clarke or Baxter are known for character development. The are know for Science and showing the epic size of our Universe. This book is no different from the most of what Clarke writes, so if you like Clarke you will like this. I have always been interested in our Sun and there is a lot here on the Sun. If you are not into science or the Sun then you will not want this book.

I liked the old fashioned Can Do attitude of this book. I am not sure I have the confidence in the human race to work together, as suggested here, but it was nice to dream. I also believe having one big shield instead of several small shields, may have been a little old fashioned. In the eighties we thought one big lens for Hubble was the way to go. After putting it into space and having nothing but problems with the lens, we discovered that a group of smaller lenses working together would have worked better and that is the way our big telescopes are being built today.

Some may be offended by Clarke's views on religion. If you have read Clarke before you know he hates religion and blames them for the woes of the earth. He also makes it plain here again that people who believe in a Creator are Idiots. He also uses again, the Star of Bethlehem, to represent evil. I am able to look past this, but you might not. Clarke is dead now, so he is finding out the truth.

I was a little surprised by the anti Chinese sentiment in this book. I laughed at Clarke and Baxter's, couple of attempts at sex scenes. You could certainly tell two nerds wrote them. At the beginning there is an attempt to show sympathy for a pretty person being taken serious in a group of scientist. There was more feeling shown for an AI dying then for millions of people dying, or one scientist's own daughter. One AI was even the biggest hero. Clarke believes that if everyone was educated we would not have wars. I believe it would help, but Clarke has evidently not seen what happens when a group of tenured College PHD's, don't want someone with different political views entering there departments.

I often have different views on John Lee's strange voice and his lack of doing different voices, even between genders, but I felt he fit this book well.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 21/01/2009

Great SF

With the other books in the series a fine, wide spanning part-fantasy, part hard science fiction story. Well written, well read, worth the money.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Aaron Johnson
  • 27/04/2022

Short story at best..

This book felt like paper cuts on my nerves. Skip to Book 3 and save yourself from a filler story to make a trilogy. Very poor story.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • cp
  • 28/03/2022

Tedious Narration, Great Book

At times, the narration became an impediment to the story. Voices were poor, at best. The heavy accent became burdensome.But, again, a great book.

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew J. Weaver
  • 28/03/2022

Books like this should come with a warning

Books promoting or normalizing homosexual behavior should come with warning. The first book of the series had passing comments, but this one goes way beyond and should come with a label to warn people not to waste their time if they don’t want to read perverted homosexual pedophile Contet.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • kingshuk mandal
  • 22/02/2022

2nd of time series, very scientifically engaging.

loved the book and the reading with different accents. makes you feel that you are part of the story as it happens

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  • Generale
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  • Nick
  • 09/09/2008

Top stuff

A very fine story but the first book is required reading albeit there is no direct connection and they can stand alone.This is very Stephen Baxter ! Everywhere there are references to 'soft screens'a device that populates many of his previous books. It almost borders on an obsession and can get quite tedious with ''soft screen this and soft screen that'' but the book is nonetheless a first class tale. The dome referred to in the latter stages is a variation of a dome referred to in Time Ships, perhaps his best work to date and one that Audible Books should look to include.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Suetpud
  • 05/09/2021

Exhilaratingly brilliant!

I find myself drawn to stories about natural disasters, or any kind of disasters, but most leave me in despair about humanity. These two masters of big- thinkery (I invented that term😁) seem to break through the cobwebs of hopelessness with their boundless imaginations and faith in technology. I usually think it's best to avoid the disaster in the first place but maybe we are just not programmed to do that? We dive in headlong, ride the wave, reap the destruction, then somehow out of the bottleneck we emerge with ingenuity and determination to start again. That's a pretty good description of evolution so maybe that's just life in all its glory! I am so excited to see where we go next and to learn more about our benevolent or is it ruthless watchers.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • andrew wood
  • 15/08/2021

Two down, bring on book three.

A most enjoyable listen. Totally different from the plot of book one, although connected. Narration was excellent, was expected by the skills of John Lee. Book three ready to go.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RK Walker
  • 24/05/2020

Great story

I read the story when it was first published in 2005 so vaguely remembered it, but hearing it read brought another level of enjoyment and it was read very well. Great story entertainingly read.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Petteri
  • 08/07/2016

Detailed story

Narrated in detailed, describing way. Pleasant to listen to while working or driving. Enjoyable if not truly engaging.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. C. J. Durrant
  • 16/05/2015

excellent

one of the most bizarre journeys you will ever be taken on, cant wait to hear the next instalment of this saga.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • mrs S
  • 18/03/2022

What a rollercoaster of a read!

Wow what a wonderful sci-fi well ahead of its time. The AI's are an amazing pivotal part of this story. All the characters are so well drawn at times it doesn't feel like a sci-fi but then there are the science chunks which just blow your mind. Just amazing.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kai
  • 08/02/2022

Way better than the first book

If you have indeed slogged through book #1, congratulations. Forget about that jumbled mess, here is where things start getting interesting again. and if you are fortunate enough not to have read book #1, congrats again. Just so you know, there is no need to have read part one to fully enjoy this romp.

This is a disaster movie. A good one. Of epic, epic proportions. Even better, it isn't about a towering inferno, it is about orbiting one. People aren't as important here as is the whole of humanity, which to me was the main protagonist here.

This is a hard-scifi story that I'm sure will not leave a fan of the gengre dissatisfied. Less experinced newcomers to scifi will still enjoy it. Like your Crighton or Deighton thriller? There is plenty to be thrilled about in this one. And it doesn't require as nuch suspension of belief as some space operas. (Star Wars it ain't). Liked Space odyssey 2001? This is set in the same universe.

There is a plethora of characters derived from the first book, but luckily it doesn't matter if one can't make heads nor tails of them. (I couldn't keep up with the cast in the first one either). As I said, the main protagonist is humanity and the many people whom we follow in the story are representatives, and the names aren't that important. Somehow to me, locations and classes of intelligence/awareness mattered more here.

The main motivator of this books seems to lie within gargantuan processes, how they shape the events and fates of the people involved.

i found this story to be a very good standalone book, also a much inproved sequel and perhaps I shall reserve my ultimate judgment until I have read/listened to the last one. So for now, I'll give it four and a half stars. That may yet become five later.

And Mr. Lee's narration is starting to grow on me. (Although his russian accent is still quite intolerable)

Well done, Sirs Clarke and Baxter (who isn't as deathly boring as in his solo novels)

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. DJ Rendell
  • 29/12/2021

science fiction at its best

a great continuation of this great story!! very different to the first book but just as gripping and thought provoking. a must for lovers of science , philosophy and most of all great story telling

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Llamazoo
  • 07/12/2021

Engaging story if you can bear the accents

Entertaining classic SF/ disaster movie if your ears can stand the mangling of so many accents.